Actors Arashi Kichisaburô II (Rikan) as Prince Koretaka (R) and Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as Katô Masakiyo (L)

「惟喬親王 嵐吉三郎」(二代目)、「加藤正清 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1820 (Bunsei 3), 9th month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 89; Gerstle 2005, #188a, b; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #87; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #33

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35378

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The two rival actors are shown together although they were performing in different plays at different theaters.
Rikan: Toki ni Saikô Ariwara Keizu, at the Kitahorie theater
Shikan: Hachijin Shugo no Honjô, at the Kado theater
時再興在原景図・八陣守護城
 北堀江・角

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga
春好斎北洲画

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: September 29, 2004)

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