Fourth of the Line, the Danjûrô of Kiba (Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô IV as Kagekiyo), from an untitled series of the Ichikawa Danjûrô lineage for the Gogawa club
about 1820 (Bunsei 3)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
McKee, Colored in the New Year's Light (2008), #129; Gifu Prefectural Museum, Nanadaime Danjûrô to Kunisada, Kuniyoshi (2001), #1-5 (2nd state); Bowie et al, Art of Surimono (1979), #62 (2nd state)
Shikishiban; 20 x 17.5 cm (7 7/8 x 6 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series first designed around 1820 by Toyokuni I for the Gogawa-ren, with their hourglass-shaped symbol decorating the margin. A second version of the series was issued by Toyokuni II in the early 1830s, with different poems and without the club symbol.
This poem translated in McKee 2008, p. 258.
Poem by Nogairô Nakamushi: Haru kureba/ yama mo kasumi no/ kumaedori/ kesa no hatsuhi no/ Kagekiyo zo yoki
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection