Actors Bandô Takesaburô I as Mizusao no Take (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Kandagawa no Yokichi (L)

「水棹の竹」初代坂東竹三郎 「神田川の与吉」四代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.5 x 49.6 cm (14 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.43905a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39059 (key block, right sheet only), 11.43905a-b (color, complete diptych)

Play: Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)

一陽斎豊国画

Markings

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

改印:福、村松
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