Actors Bandô Shûka I as the Geisha Gaku no Kosan and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Tobi-no-mono Omatsuri Kingorô, from an untitled series

「げひしやがくの小さん」初代坂東しうか、「鳶の者於祭の金五良」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 24.9 cm (14 1/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15991

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.15991, 50.2318

Play: Chikai Musubi Ukina no Tategaku
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)

国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher's mark

改印:福、村松
彫師:なし
版元: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