Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Boatman (Sendô) Matsuemon, actually Higuchi no Jirô Kanemitsu

「船頭松右ヱ門実者樋口次郎兼光」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40354

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions:
First edition (1849): *11.29545 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.29990, 11.40354
Second edition (1855): 11.29734
Altered version with face redrawn by Yoshitora (1862): 11.41319

Play (main feature): Hana Shôbu Sano no Yatsuhashi
Play (second feature): Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Ichimura
ひらがな盛衰記(ひらがなせいすいき)
花菖蒲佐野船橋(はなしょうぶさののやつはし)
市村、一番目と二番目の間
 1849、嘉永02、05・02

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松
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