Actors Ôtani Tomoemon I as the Grocer's Widow Otsuma (R), Segawa Kikunojô III as Ochiyo, and Bandô Mitsugorô I as Hanbei (L)

初代大谷友右衛門の八百屋後家おつま  三代目瀬川菊之丞のおちよ、初代坂東三津五郎の半兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
1781 (An'ei 10/Tenmei 1), 1st month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #469

Dimensions

Hosoban diptych; 31.6 x 27.8 cm (12 7/16 x 10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18943-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.18943 (left), 11.18944 (right); virtual record: 11.18943-4

MFA impressions: 11.18943-4 (complete diptych), 21.4030 (right sheet only)

Play: Kabuki no Hana Bandai Soga
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Shunshô ga (on right sheet)
春章画

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: August 3, 1911)

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