Actor Nakamura Shikan II as Kuzunoha (right side) and as Fox (Kitsune) Kanpei (left side)

「葛の葉 芝翫」 、「狐かん平 中村芝翫」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1831 (Tenpô 2), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 17.5 x 25.3 cm (6 7/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39455

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Shinoda no Mori Uwasa no Yomeiri
Theater: Nakamura
信田森鳴響嫁入(しだのもりうわさのよめいり)
中村
 1831、天保02、09・09

Signed

Kunisada ga (on each design)
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: 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