Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Katô Masakiyo in Act 5 of the play Kiyome no Funauta

「清船諷 巻ノ五」 「加藤正清」四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Publisher Kashimadô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #341

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 25.6 x 18.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35585

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 an incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.35585 (right sheet only), 11.35586a-c (complete triptych)

Play: Keisei Kiyome no Funauta
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has the Ningyôichi publisher’s mark. MFA 11.35585 has the Kashimadô publisher’s mark and 11.35586a-c has no publisher’s mark.
けいせい清船諷(けいせいきよめのふなうた)
 中

Signed

Hirosada
広貞

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: January 19, 2005)

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