Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as the Otokodate Yami no Yoichizô, from the series The Sexiest Actors in Edo, Their Portraits and Their Voices (Edo no hana iro no tatehiki, ichifuri nitari, kowairo hitokuchi nasubi)

「江戸の花 色の立贔屓」「一ふり似たか 声色一口茄」 「男達闇の夜市蔵 芝翫」(四代目中村芝翫)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Tôkichi (Daikyôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 23.9 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42301

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche

七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Mino

改印:亥二改
彫師:彫工巳の

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