Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Courtesan (Keisei) Katsuragi (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV as Fuwa Banzaemon (L)

「けいせゐかつらき 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「不波伴左衛門 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kobayashi Tetsujirô (Maruya Tetsujirô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 50.2 cm (14 3/16 x 19 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.40860a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Chiyo no Haru Tosa-e no Saya-ate
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:酉三改
彫師:彫竹

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