The Syllable Su: Actor Nakamura Shibasaburô as Suzuki Mondo, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Nanatsu iroha)

「七ツいろは (す) 鈴木主水(すずきもんど) 中村芝三郎(なかむらしばさぶろう)」(中村芝三郎の鈴木主水)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1862 (Bunkyu 2)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116; Ikeda 4, #618; Fiorillo and Luhl, "Enjaku," Andon special issue (2006), list no. 1.20

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 24.5 x 17.9 cm (9 5/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35552

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series jointly designed by Kunikazu, Enjaku, and Yoshitaki.
「褄重縁色揚(つまがさねゆかりのいろあげ)」に取材する役者の見立絵。中村芝三郎は五代嵐吉三郎の初名。立役、女方を兼ねる役者となった。背景に描かれている版本には、「宿はなし 鈴木主水 白いと くどきもんく」とある。「七ツいろは」と題されるシリーズの1図で、国員、猿雀、芳瀧の合作のシリーズ。 – 武藤 純子K

Signed

Enjaku
猿雀

Markings

画家の印章: なし
版元: 石川和助
改印: なし

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