The Fashionable Six Poetic Immortals (Fûryû Rokkasen): Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Bishop Henjô (R) and Bun'ya no Yasuhide (L)

「風流六歌仙」 「へん正」 中村歌右衛門 「康秀」 中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108 (as 11.35606a-f; this # not listed); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #425; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #119 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 26 x 37.3 cm (10 1/4 x 14 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41973a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two right sheets of an incomplete hexaptych.

MFA impressions: 08.541.6a-b (4 and 5 only), 11.35606a-f (complete hexaptych), 11.35607 (5 only), 11.41973a-b (1 and 2 only), 11.41998a-f (complete hexaptych)

Play: Rokkasen
Theater: Naka
六歌仙
 中

Signed

Hirosada (on each sheet)
広貞

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