Actor Nakamura Shikan II as Benkei (right side) and as Nagoya Sanza (left side)

「弁慶 芝翫」、「名古屋山三 中村芝翫」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
dates of plays: 1832 (Tenpô 3), 11th month and 1833 (Tenpô 4), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 17.9 x 25.3 cm (7 1/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39456

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right side:
Play: Goban Tadanobu Yuki no Nachiguro
Theater: Nakamura
Date of production: 1832 (Tenpô 3), 11th month

Left side:
Play: Sakuradoki Hana no Yoshiwara
Theater: Nakamura
Date of production: 1833 (Tenpô 4), 3rd month

Signed

Kunisada ga (on each design)

国貞画

Markings

No censor's seal

改印: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: 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