Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as Yakigane Otatsu, from the series Heroic Commoners in Kabuki (Rien kyokaku den)

「梨園侠客伝 焼かねおたつ 沢むら田之助」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 23.8 cm (13 7/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42887

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

七十八歳豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa

改印:亥七改
彫師:松島彫政

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