Praying for Rain (Amagoi): Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV, from the series Seven Komachi in Modern Style (Imayô nana Komachi)
「今様七小町 雨乞」 四代目中村歌右衛門
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.28684, 11.36605
Unidentified publisher’s mark; possibly Iseya Rihei.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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