Actor Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as the Farmer Gosaku, actually Ishikawa Goemon

「百姓五作実は石川五右衛門 中村歌右衛門」

Japanese
Edo period
1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1), 1st month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Kasuke (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Luxembourg, Schätze der Kamigata (exh. cat., 2012), #282; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 97; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #177

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.2 x 25.6 cm (15 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35351

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Setsugekka (Snow, Moon and Flowers, a Courtesan Play)
Theater: Kado
けいせい雪月花
 角

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga
春好斎北洲画

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: September 29, 2004)

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