Memorial Portraits of Actors Segawa Rokô IV (known posthumously as Segawa Kikunojô IV) and Sawamura Sôjûrô IV

四代目瀬川路考(=四代目瀬川菊之丞)、四代目沢村宗十郎 (死絵)

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


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 25.7 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21947

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Censor’s seal used in 1st and 11th month of 1812; Sôjûrô died in the 12th month.

Signed

Okonomi ni tsuki Toyokuni ga

御好ニ付豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Tsumuraya Saburôbei

改印:極、津三

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