Memorial Portrait of Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII

「俳優八代目市川団十郎」 (死絵)

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #56; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #118; Suzuki 1992, #320

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 76.7 cm (14 7/8 x 30 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21486-8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21486 (left), 11.21487 (center), 11.21488 (right)

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on right sheet only) 一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Seal: fukyo baibai ("Not for Sale") 印:不許売買

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