Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Tsubone Iwafuji (R) and Bandô Shûka I as the Servant (Meshitsukai) Ohatsu (L)

「局岩藤」三代目嵐吉三郎 「召仕お初」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Mikawaya Tetsugorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.7 x 51 cm (14 1/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22021-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22021 (left), 11.22022 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.22021-2, 11.43719a-b

Play: Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori
Theater: Kawarazaki

This print was made in anticipation of the performance of Bandô Shûka I as Ohatsu, but he fell ill and died, and the role was actually taken by BandôTakesaburô I, with the opening of the play slightly delayed.
鏡模様比翼花鳥(かがみのうらひよくのはなとり)
河原崎
 1855、安政02

当初の予定では召仕お初役として初代坂東しうかを予定し2月28日が初日のはずであったが、坂東しうかが病没のため上演は延期され、3月10日から初代坂東竹三郎が代役を勤めて「鏡山比翼容姿視」として上演される。本図は坂東しうかが出勤する予定だった頃の予定稿。

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu
改印:改、卯二
彫師:彫安

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