Actors Arashi Kichizaburô III as the Boatman (Sendô) Matsuemon, actually Higuchi no Jirô (R), and Onoe Eizaburô III as His Wife (Nyôbô) Oyoshi (L)

「船頭松右衛門実ハ樋口の次郎 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「女房およし 尾上栄三郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.8 x 46.5 cm (13 11/16 x 18 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40667a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.40667a-b (1842 edition), 11.43788a-b (1849 edition)

Play: Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Kawarazaki
ひらかな盛衰記(ひらがなせいすいき)
河原崎
 1842、天保13、04・26

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
改印:なし
彫師:なし

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