Plovers (Chidori): Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as Tomomori, from the series A Collection of Popular Birds in Accordance with Your Wishes (Gyoi ni kanai ôiri o tori zukushi)

「御意ニ叶ひ大入を 鳥尽 千鳥 知盛」 四代目中村芝翫

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 292

Dimensions

Vertical ôban 37.2 x 25.5 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21926

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:申九改
彫師: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: 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