Actors Arashi Rikan III as the Monkey Trainer (Sarumawashi) Owasa (R), Bandô Shûka I as Geisha Oshun, and Bandô Takesaburô I as Izutsuya Denbei (L)

「猿廻しおわさ」三代目嵐璃寛 「けいしやおしゆん」初代坂東しうか、「井筒屋伝兵衛」初代坂東竹三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.5 x 48.4 cm (14 3/8 x 19 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29518-9

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.29518 (right), 11.29519 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.29517VR (11.29517, 11.45371), 11.29518-9, 11.43864a-b

Play (second feature): Hatsugasumi Onna Saruhiki
Play (main feature): Miyakodori Nagare no Shiranami
Theater: Kawarazaki
初霞女猿廻(はつがすみおんなさるひき)
都鳥廓白浪(みやこどりながれのしらなみ)
河原崎、二番目中幕
 1854、嘉永07

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 1
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji (on right sheet only)
改印:改、寅正
彫師:彫庄治

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