Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Yaoya Oshichi, with Arashi Kichiroku I, Bandô Muraemon I, and Bandô Matatarô VI as puppet manipulators, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰 八百屋於七」 初代嵐吉六、初代坂東村右衛門、六代目坂東又太郎、四代目市川小団次の於七

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Vos, & Griffith, "Surprise Comparisons...," in Andon 96 (2014)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 23.9 cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30047

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21870, 11.30015, 11.30047, 11.30063

Poem transcribed and translated in Andon 96, p. 56.

安政3年11月市村座「倡女誠長田忠孝」二番目「松竹梅雪曙」の二番目大切「封文恋書置」を描いたものヵ。

Signed

Utagawa Toyokuni hitsu; Gengyo (on inset)
歌川豊国筆、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰十一
彫師:なし

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