Actors Bandô Shûka I as Miyuki, later Asagao (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Miyagi Asojirô (L)

「深雪後に朝顔」初代坂東しうか  「宮木阿曽次郎」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamashiroya Jinbei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 50.3 cm (14 3/16 x 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22007-8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22007 (left), 11.22008 (right)
蕣物語(あさがおものがたり)
新曲胡蝶夢(しんきょくこちょうのゆめ) 常磐津
市村 一番目五幕目

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
応需豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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