Plum: Actor Arashi Kichisaburô III as Tôken Gonbei, Comparable to Yang Zhi (Yôshi ni hisu), from the series A Modern Shuihuzhuan (Tôsei suikoden)

「当世好男子伝」梅 「楊志ニ比ス唐犬権兵衛」三代目嵐吉三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 8th month
Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #10 (complete); Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #48 (C only); Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), pp. 82-5, cat. nos. 73 (R), 74 (C), 75 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 23.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.15474

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 00.921VR (00.921, 00.922, 00.955), 11.15474 (right sheet only), 11.29736VR (11.29736, 11.42436, 11.42437)

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:未八改
彫師:横川彫竹

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