Actor Ichikawa Sanshô (Ichikawa Danjûrô VII) Holding Ichikawa Shinnosuke I (the future Danjûrô VIII), with a Life-sized Doll of Ichikawa Ebizô II, Also Called Hakuen, Made by Kurahashi Gorobei, Father of Toyokuni (Nidaime Ichikawa Ebizô Hakuen no ningyô,

「二代目市川海老蔵栢莚之人形 細工人倉橋五郎兵衛 豊国父也」「市川新之助」「市川三升」(七代目市川団十郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1824 (Bunsei 7), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwata, "The Danjûrô Lineage," in Carpenter et al, Reading Surimono (2008), p. 89, fig. 6

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 26.3 cm (14 5/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.13699

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych. For the left sheet, showing Bandô Mitsugorô III, see Waseda db 001-0058 . The right sheet shows Iwai Tojaku I and has a title identifying the setting as Sanshô’s home in Kiba, on the occasion of the first Boys’ Day celebration for his son Shinnosuke.

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