Actor Nakamura Utaemon III as the Thunder God in a Shower (Yûdachi Kaminari), from the series Dance of Nine Changes (Kyû henge no uchi)

「九へん化のうち 夕立雷 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1815 (Bunka 12), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Chôemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15064

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Sono Kokonoe Saishiki-zakura
Scene: Summer: Amagoi Komachi, Yûdachi Kaminari
Play (main feature): Godairiki Iro no Minato
Theater: Nakamura

From a dance of nine changes representing the four seasons, with three different characters for spring and two for each of the other seasons.
其九絵彩四季桜(そのここのえさいしきざくら) 長唄
夏 雨乞小町、夕立雷(あまごいこまち、ゆうだちかみなり)
五大力艶湊(ごだいりきいろのみなと)
中村、二番目大切
 1815、文化12、03・06

Inscription

Poem by Kyôden
「とゝろかすはつかみなりや名のほまれ 京伝」

Signed

Kunisada ga
国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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