Viewing Fireflies in the Cool of the Evening (Hotarumi no yûsuzumi): Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I and Iwai Kumesaburô III

「蛍見之夕涼」 初代中村福助、三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ise-Yoshi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40757

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete triptych.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shô

改印:未五改
彫師:彫庄

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