San'ya: (Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as) Yaoya Hanbei, from the series Thirty-six Fashionable Restaurants of the Eastern Capital (Tôto ryûkô sanjûroku kaiseki)

「東都流行三十六会席 山谷 八百屋半兵衛」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-3287

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25 cm (14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22184

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main image); Yoshiiku ga (background)

一勇斎国芳画、よしいく画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 11
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:米良、渡辺、子十一
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