Actors in Imagined Roles (Mitate): from right, Nakamura Tamasuke I as Inuyama Dôsetsu; Mimasu Gennosuke I as Kawagoi Gonnosuke Moriyuki; Nakamura Utaemon IV as Inuzaka Keno; Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Kaname no Mae

「見立 犬山道説 中村玉助」(初代)  「見立 河鯉佐守如 三升源之助」(初代)  「見立 犬阪毛野 中村歌右衛門」(四代目)  「見立 かな免の前 中村富十郎」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1837 (Tenpô 8)
Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu I (Japanese, 1809–1879), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 102; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #004 (L only); Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #38-19

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych; 37.8 x 101.3 cm (14 7/8 x 39 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.36448a-d

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hana no Ani Tsubomi no Yatsufusa
Imaginary performance (mitate).

花魁莟八総
 見立

Signed

Hasegawa Sadanobu ga (on each sheet)
長谷川貞信画

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