Sea (Umi): Actor Arashi Kichisaburô III as Matsuemon, from an untitled series

「海」 「松右衛門 嵐吉三郎」 (三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 10th month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 112; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #598

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 24.4 x 18.3 cm (9 5/8 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37051

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Tenman

Signed

Kunikazu

国員

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