Actors Bandô Shûka I as Yaoya Oshichi (top), Ichikawa Kuzô II as Goshaku Somegorô, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Dozaemon Denkichi (bottom)

「八百屋お七」初代坂東しうか  「五尺染五郎」二代目市川九蔵、「土左衛門伝吉」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban, upright diptych; 73.2 x 26.2 cm (28 13/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43736a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play. Koi Moyô Furisode Meoto
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, shita-uri (shita-uri on bottom sheet only)
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、村田、シタ売
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