Actors Arashi Rikan II as Oil-seller Yohei (Aburaya Yohei, R) and Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Azuma of the Wisteria House (Fujiya Azuma, L)

「あふら屋与兵へ あらし璃寛」(二代目)  「ふじやあづま なかむら富十郎」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 7), 8th month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 102; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #386; Kitagawa et al 2006, #24

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37 × 50.4 cm (14 9/16 × 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35259-60

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.35259 (right), 11.35260 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.35259-60, 11.38976a-b

Play: Aburauri Kuruwa Banashi (The Story of an Oil-seller in the Pleasure Quarter)
Theater: Naka
油商人廓話
 中

Signed

Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on each sheet)
春梅斎北英画

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