Gathering Blossoms: Returning Sails at Fukagawa (Hana o tsumu, Fukagawa no kihan): Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as a Boatman (Sendô), from the series Eight Views of Edo (Azuma hakkei no uchi)

「花を積 深川の帰帆」 「東八景ノ内 中村歌右衛門」(四代目中村歌右衛門の舟頭)

Japanese
Edo period
1839 (Tenpô 10), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 25.7 cm (14 1/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39323

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Hanagoyomi Iro no Showake
Section of shosa: Minami ni Ate Hana ni Uku Takanawa ni Funanori no Kihan
Play (main feature): Iwai-uta Soga no Kaomise
Theater: Ichimura

Inscription

「花の過芝居して見よ不二つくは 琴詠舎」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

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: 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