Actor Iwai Hanshirô V as Yaoya Oshichi, from the series Great Hit Plays (Ôatari kyôgen no uchi)

「大当狂言ノ内 八百屋お七」 五代目岩井半四郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1814–15 (Bunka 11–12)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #48; Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), #54; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Dai Ukiyo-e ten (2014), #310; Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #146

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 26.5 cm (15 1/4 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15096

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Hanshirô played Oshichi in the 3rd month of 1809 (Bunka 6) in Gohiiki Aratama Soga at the Morita Theater, and again in the 7th month of the same year in Tamamatsuri Oshichi no Tsuizen at the Ichimura Theater.

「大当狂言」は文化後期のシリーズ。文化12年頃ヵ(新藤説)。
 文化6年3月3日森田座「御贔屓新玉曽我」二番目「其往昔恋江戸染」に取材したものだが、本図の作成期は異なる。文化6年3月の他にも、同年7月市村座「魂祭お七の追善」で<5>岩井半四郎がお七を演じている。

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

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