Actors Bandô Shûka I as Kinokuniya Koharu (R) and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Kamiya Jihei (L)

「紀の国屋小春」初代坂東しうか  「紙屋次兵衛」十二代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.6 x 52.1 cm (14 13/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.43913a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (interval): Shinjû Kamiya Jihei
Theater: Nakamura
心中紙屋治兵衛(しんじゅうかみやじへえ)、冬
市村、一番目と二番目の間
 1849、嘉永02

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、渡辺
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