Shisen (Poetry Name of Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I), from the series Seven Popular Idols of the Present Day, a Parody of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove (Shichikenjin no mitate, Tôsei ryûkô shichi enjin)

「竹林七賢ノ見立 当時流光七艶人 紫扇」 初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43178

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni hitsu
喜翁 豊国筆(年玉印)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Fukagawa Hori Chô
改印:戌正改
彫師:深川彫長

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