Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shirai Gonpachi, with Lavender (Komurasaki), from the series Pictorial Mirror Stands Matched with Thirty Selected Flowers (E kyôdai mitate sanjû bokkasen)

「絵鏡台見立三十木花撰」「白井権八」「小むらさき」 三代目岩井粂三郎の白井権八

Japanese
Edo period
1845 (Kôka 2)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 401-0017; the series: Iwakiri, "Tenpô kaikaku," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 143 (2002), pp. 17-18

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.7 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.28653

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.28653, 11.36635

From a series of 16 known designs, of which the MFA has 4: 11.28653/11.36635, 11.36636, 11.36637, 11.36638
Iwakiri dates the series to 1845, just before the ban on actor prints was relaxed, and identifies Ishikawa Goemon (11.36636) as a portrait of ichikawa Danjûrô VIII. The Waseda db identifies Shirai Gonpachi (11.28653/11.36635) as Iwai Kumesaburô III; but neither source suggests actor identifications for the other prints in the series.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Watari
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:渡
彫師:彫工房次郎

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: August 3, 1911)

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