Actor Nakamura Fukusuke I, from the set Fashionable Firefly-hunting (Hotaru-gari fûzoku)

蛍狩当風俗 初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 3rd month
Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #60

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.7 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.29133

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center right sheet of incomplete tetraptych.

MFA impressions: 11.29133 (center right sheet), *11.29709 (center right sheet; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.42145a-d (tetraptych), 11.42146 (left sheet)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:申三改
彫師:横川彫竹

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