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Gathering Blossoms: Returning Sails at Fukagawa (Hana o tsumu, Fukagawa no kihan): Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as a Boatman (Sendô), from the series Eight Views of Edo (Azuma hakkei no uchi)

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Inscription

「花の過芝居して見よ不二つくは 琴詠舎」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画

Marks

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1839 (Tenpô 10), 3rd month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 25.7 cm (14 1/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39323

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints