Fashionable Firefly-hunting (Hotaru-gari Azuma fûzoku): Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III (R), Nakamura Fukusuke I (CR), Sawamura Tanosuke III (CL), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (L)

「蛍狩当風俗」 三代目市川市蔵  初代中村福助  三代目沢村田之助  初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 3rd month and 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #60

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych; 36.2 x 98.6 cm (14 1/4 x 38 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42145a-d

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29133 (center right sheet), *11.29709 (center right sheet; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.42145a-d (tetraptych), 11.42146 (left sheet)

Inscription

「御恵みの風をわすれぬ暑かな 芝翫」
「紫扇 市川のなかれをおよくめたかかな」

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 3 aratame and Monkey 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:申三改
彫師:横川彫竹

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