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Actor Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as Kumagai Jirô Naozane, from the series Hits of a Lifetime (Issei ichidai atari kyôgen)

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MFA impressions: 11.35370, 11.38804 From a set of five prints issued for the "farewell performance" of Shikan (who in fact continued acting under another name). Play: Ichinotani Futaba Gunki Theater: Kado

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga 春好斎北洲画

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25.4 cm (14 7/8 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.38804

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints