Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as a Mikawa Manzai Dancer, from the series First Performance of the Year in the Misty Spring of Plum Blossoms (Ume no haru kasumi no hikizome)

「梅春霞引始(うめのはるかすみのひきぞめ) 三河万歳 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.40548

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche

国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Uemura Hori Yasu

改印:亥正改
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