Actor Osagawa Tsuneyo IV as Chûrô Onoe, from an untitled series of actors in mirrors

「中老尾のへ 小佐川常世」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1837 (Tenpô 8)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.7 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39483

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly advance publicity for Yayoi no Hana O-Edo no Irifune at the Nakamura theater in the 11th month of 1837 (Tenpô 8).
 天保8年3月11日中村座「桜花大江戸入船」の予定稿ヵ。

Inscription

「おしけなく沢らす声や片うつら 三代目巨撰」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

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: 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