Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III (?) as Miura no Takao and Ichikawa Ichizô III (?) as Sakingo Yorikane, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「三浦の高尾」三代目岩井粂三郎ヵ、「左金吾頼兼」三代目市川市蔵ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 24 cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30040

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25086, *11.29801 (deaccessioned in 2012), 11.30040

Inscription

Poem, by Takao: Kimi wa ima/ Komagata atari/ [hototogisu (in pictorial form)]

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga

一陽斎豊国画

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