Actors for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Haiyû mitate Tôkaidô gojûsan eki)

「俳優見立東海道五拾三駅」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Based on Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Blockcutter Asakura Hori Man (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-4680 to 201-4684

Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 36 x 122.5 cm (14 3/16 x 48 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.39880a-e

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.34926a-e, 11.39879a-e, 11.39880a-e

Title on banner in center sheet; stations, roles, and actors listed above. Based on the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi) by Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), published in 1852-3.

Signed

Kunichika ga (on right sheet only)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Asakura Hori Man
改印: 子十改

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