Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V (?) as Hachirô Tametomo and Iwai Kumesaburô III (?) as Sasarae, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰 八郎ためとも」 五代目坂東彦三郎ヵ、三代目岩井粂三郎ヵの簓江

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880)


Catalogue Raisonné

Haubner, Die Macht des Bogens (2014), p. 83; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #27

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.4 cm (14 1/2 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.25084

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25084, 11.30043, 11.30065

Signed

Utagawa Toyokuni ga; Gengyo (on inset)
歌川豊国画、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰十一
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: 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