Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Soga Jûrô Sukenari, from the series Butterflies and Plovers Kill Ten (Chô chidori jûban kiri)

「蝶鵆十番切」「沢村訥升」(二代目)「曽我十郎祐成」

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 8th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsunoi (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.40565

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô

改印:辰八改
彫師:彫長

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