Memorial Portraits of Actor Sawamura Sôjûrô IV and His Late Father Sawamura Sôjûrô III

四代目沢村宗十郎、三代目沢村宗十郎 (死絵)

Japanese
Edo period
1812 (Bunka 9), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 114-0051 and 114-0054

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 39.4 x 26.7 cm (15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.21946

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「大なるかな訥子。訥子以前に・・・・ 式亭三馬題」「長かれといのりし者を定紋の丸にいのちのなきぞくやしき」

Signed

Okonomi ni tsuki Toyokuni ga

御好ニ付豊国画

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: 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