Poem by Chûnagon Kanesuke: (Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as) Higuchi no Jirô, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

「見立三十六歌撰之内 中納言兼輔 ひぐちの次郎」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kokubungaku kenkyû shiryôkan, ed., Zusetsu mitate to yatsushi (2008), p. 60, cat. no. 50

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.9 x 24.5 cm (13 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42692

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36779.49, 11.42692

Inscription

Poem: Mijika yo no/ fukeyuku mama ni/ Takasago no/ mine no matsukaze/ fuku ka to zo kiku
「みじか夜の 更ゆくまゝに 高砂の 峰の松かせ 吹かとぞきく」

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 11
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:米良、渡辺、子十一
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: 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