Masatsuya (Actor Nakamura Nakazô II as Aramaki Mimishirô), from the series Portraits of Actors on Stage (Yakusha butai no sugata-e)

「役者舞台之姿絵 まさつや」 二代目中村仲蔵の荒巻耳四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1794 (Kansei 6), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

TNM, Sharaku (2011), #252; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #117; Ukiyo-e shuka 15 (TNM, 1980), p. 212, fig. 17; Ukiyo-e taikei 9 (1976), #125; Yoshida, "'Yakusha butai no sugata-e kenkyû," Ukiyo-e 27 (1966), p. 30, #17

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 23.7 cm (13 3/4 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13733

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosagoto): Ôshukubai Koi no Hatsune
Play (main feature): Uruôtoshi Meika no Homare
Theater: Miyako
鶯宿梅恋初音(おうしゅくばいこいのはつね)
閏訥子名和歌誉(うるおうとしめいかのほまれ)
 都

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

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