Actor Sawamura Tosshô I as Daifukuya Sôroku and Sawamura Sawahei as a Little Girl (Shôjo)

「大ふく屋宗六 沢村訥升」(初代)、「小女 沢村沢平」

Japanese
Edo period
1834 (Tenpô 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 23.9 cm (14 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39386

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hana to Mitsu Yuki no Shiraishi
Theater: Morita
花三津雪瑞白石(はなとみつゆきのしらいし)
 森田

画中上部の台詞は仙女香の宣伝文句。

Inscription

「[沢]平 申旦那さま江戸から仙女香のおしろいが参り升た 訥升 [裁断不明]此間江戸の便りにたのんだ京ばしの仙女香うり物には花とやら歌にもうたふ岡崎でもよいが[裁断不明]うへにもよい女郎と江戸にもまさる大ふくや[裁断不明]しろものが大事だ此仙女香のおしろいで随分ときれいに化粧してくりやれ/\」

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: 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