Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as a Firefighter, from the series Flowers of Edo, Excitement at Night (Edo no hana yoru no nigiwai)

「江戸花夜の賑」 四代目中村芝翫 「成駒 中むら 芝」

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (Japanese, 1822–1866), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-1642 (R), 012-0315 (C), 012-0316 (L); NDL db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.9 × 24.1 cm (13 3/4 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.22715

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 (or larger polyptych).
Inscriptions on the lanterns in the background give clues to the identity of each actor.

MFA impressions: 11.22715 (R only), 11.37790-2 (complete triptych, with variant version of R), 11.37796 (C only)
Additional prints in the series, which can be assembled as an optional polyptych: 11.37793, 11.37794, 11.37795, 11.37797, 11.37798
At least two more designs in the series are in the collection of the National Diet Library.

Signed

Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga
一英斎芳艶画

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa
改印:申九改
彫師:松島彫政

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