Poem by Kisen Hôshi: (Actor Matsumoto Kôshirô V as) Ishikawa Goemon, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

「見立三十六歌撰之内 喜撰法師 石川五右エ門」 五代目松本幸四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 294; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.42675

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36779.45, 11.42675

Inscription

Poem: Miwataseba/ yanagi sakura o/ kokimazete/ miyako zo hana no/ nishiki narikeru

「見わたせば 柳さくらを こきませて 都そ春の にしきなりける」

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 9
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:浜、馬込、子九
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: 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