Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Bandit Chief (Zokushu) Inada Kôzô, from the series Top Stars with Their Own Calligraphy (Tôsei jihitsu kagami)

「当世自筆鏡 賊首稲田幸蔵」 四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.44622

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:酉六改
彫師:彫竹

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection