Memorial Portrait of Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kisen Hôshi, with Nakamura Tamashichi I as Bun'ya Yasuhide

「喜せん」四代目中村歌右衛門、「文屋」初代中村玉七

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 2nd month
Artist Sadakatsu (Japanese, active 1830s–50s), Publisher Kawaoto (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-1132

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 25 x 18.4 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

08.541.11

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Fûryû Rokkasen
Theater: Naka

After the death of Utaemon IV, who had played all five of the male poets, Tamashichi took over his roles in the play.
六歌仙
 中

Inscription

Poems by Tamashichi
「たよりすくなき影法師のひたすらに唯御ヒイキを希ふものは ひとつほみ枝に残るや梅の花 玉七」

Signed

Takigawa Sadakatsu
多喜川貞勝(蘭畦)

Provenance

By date unknown, Alfred Greenough Collection, Boston, MA; 1884, by inheritance to his uncle, Charles H. Parker, Milton, MA; 1908, bequest of Charles H. Parker to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 17, 2007)

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection