Kyoto (Kyô): (Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as) Ishikawa Goemon, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「東海道五拾三次之内 京 石川五右衛門」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 6th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Hinohara, Utagawa Kunisada (Ôta Mus., 2016), p. 89; Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-55, p. 160; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #21

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25 cm (14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43227

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station no. 55.

MFA impressions: 11.29383, 11.29386, 11.43227, 11.45320, 59.1147.85
Forms a diptych with: 11.29384, 11.29389, 11.43283, 59.1147.84

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 6
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino
改印:福、村松、子六
彫師:彫巳の

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