The Orange Blossom Who Is All Too Attractive (Hiku te amata uwasa no tachibana) (Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV?)

「引手夥噂立花」 (四代目市村家橘ヵ)

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Other artist Chikahide (Japanese, active 1860s), Publisher Enshûya Hikobei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al, Genji's World (2012), list #G073 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41744a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV, with his fans, as Inaka Genji.

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet); Chikahide hitsu (on screen in right sheet)
国周筆、周秀筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Tashichi
改印:寅三改
彫師:彫工多七

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