Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III in an Imagined Role as the Nun Seigen (Mitate Seigen-ni)

「見立清玄尼 沢村田之助」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 24 cm (14 1/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45451

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Shiro Kurenai Sakura no Goso-zome
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Nanajû hassai Toyokuni hitsu

七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu

改印:亥三改
彫師:上邑彫安

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