Sumô Wrestler Hidenoyama Raigorô

「秀の山雷五郎」

Japanese
Edo period
1845 (Kôka 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 29 (complete triptych); Crighton, The Floating World (1973), #II.74

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban-sized fragment, upper half of double ôban sheet; 26.2 x 37.7 cm (10 5/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39443

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The upper half of the center sheet of a double-ôban triptych.
Mark of publisher Yorozuya Jûbei and censor’s seal Hama on the lower half of the sheet.

Signed

(Kunisada aratame nidaime Toyokuni ga, on each sheet of triptych, cut off of this impression)

Markings

Censor's seal: (Hama, cut off of this impression)
No blockcutter's mark

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