Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V as Shinbei and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kujûrô, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「新兵衛」五代目坂東彦三郎、「九十郎」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Aito (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35 x 24 cm (13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30075

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25090, 11.30048, 11.30075

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga; Gengyo (on inset)

香蝶楼豊国画、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 12
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰十二
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