Chrysanthemum: Actors Sawamura Gennosuke I (=Sawamura Sôjûrô IV) and Segawa Rokô IV, from the series Actors as Flowers of the Three Cities (Yakusha Mitsu no hana)

「役者 美津の花」 菊 初代沢村源之助(四代目沢村宗十郎)、四代目瀬川路考

Japanese
Edo period
about 1810 (Bunka 7)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Katai (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39.4 x 26.5 cm (15 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22368

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The actor changed his name from Sawamura Gennosuke I to Sawamura Sôjûrô IV in the 11th month of 1811; it is not clear whether this print was published before or after the name change. Rokô IV died in the 11th month of 1812.

Signed

Toyokuni ga

豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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