Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Reizaburô, from the series Theatrical Matches for Lanterns with Illustrated Jokes (Mitate jiguchi tsukushi)

「見立地口尽」「礼三郎」 四代目市村家橘

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Other artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0528

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 × 24.5 cm (14 3/16 × 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40420

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (main image); Ryûsai hitsu (inset)
国周筆、立斎筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei
改印:卯正改
彫師:渡辺彫栄

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