Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Takebayashi Sadashichi Takashige, from the series Mirror of the Courage of the Loyal Retainers (Chûshin giyû kagami)

「忠臣義勇鑑 武林貞七隆重」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshi-jo (Japanese, 1842–about 1885), Publisher Kakumotoya Kinjirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db; Waseda db 100-1492

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.9 x 25.4 cm (14 15/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.21875

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15975, 11.21875
Optional triptych: 11.21875 (L), 11.21876 (R), 11.21877 (C); no VR

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Monjin Daiji ga (background)
一勇斎国芳画、門人大次画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 11
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、子十一
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: August 3, 1911)

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