Memorial Portraits of Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Naniwa no Jirosaku and Ichimura Takenojô V as Azuma no Yojirô

「難波の次郎作」四代目中村歌右衛門、「吾妻の与四郎」 五代目市村竹之丞 (死絵)

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 2nd month
Artist Unidentified, Japanese


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 114-0284 (first edition [?], with longer inscription identifying the print as a shini-e for Utaemon IV)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25.9 cm (14 7/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38690

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Modori Kago Iro ni Aikata
 戻駕色相肩(もどりかごいろのあいかた)

Inscription

Poem: Aikata no/ Nishi no Jôdo e/ Modorikago/ Kyô zo mihateru/ Ôsaka no yume
「あひかたの西野浄土へもとり駕けふそ見はてる大坂のゆめ 酔故辺人写」

嘉永五子年二月十七日没す 浪花中寺町浄国寺に葬す 歌成院翫雀日光信士 行年五十五 浪花の治郎作 吾妻の与四郎

Signed

Suihô Itsujin sha
酔放辺人

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark
改印:なし
彫師:なし
版元:なし

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