Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Boatman (Sendô) Matsuemon, Actually Higuchi Jirô

「船頭松右衛門 実ハ樋口の次郎 中村歌右衛門」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 9th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Fiorillo, "Ireki ...," Andon 81 (2007)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 × 24.2 cm (14 1/8 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.41319

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Based on an earlier print by Kunisada, with the face plugged and recut:
The Kunisada print:
First edition (1849): *11.29545 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.29990, 11.40354
Second edition (1855): 11.29734

Signed

Yoshitora ga
芳虎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:戌九改
彫師:なし

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