No. 19, Usugumo: Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III, from the series Fifty-four Chapters of Edo Purple (Edo murasaki gojûyo-jô)

「えと紫五十四帖 第十九 うす雲」 三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Gochôtei Sadamasu I (Kunimasu) (Japanese, active 1834–1852), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.4 cm (14 1/2 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.29367

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.877, 11.29367

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main figure); Naniwa Sadamasu aratame Kunimasu (background)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 8
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:衣笠、村田、子八
彫師:彫竹

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