Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as a Courtesan (Tayû) and a Blind Masseur (Zatô), from the series Dance of Seven Changes, a Final Performance (Onagori shosagoto nanabake no uchi)

「御名残所作事七変化ノ内 太夫 座頭 中村歌右衛門」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1838 (Tenpô 9), 1st month
Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu I (Japanese, 1809–1879), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 103; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #015; Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #38-23-1 and 38-24

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.8 cm (14 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36459

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Furumekashikeredo Yahari Nanabake
Theater: Naka
昔慕やはり七化(ふるめかしなれどやはりななばけ)
 中

Signed

Hasegawa Sadanobu ga
長谷川貞信画

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