Actors, from right: Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Momonoi Wakasanosuke, Mimasu Daigorô IV as En'ya Hangan, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kô no Moronao, and Yamashita Kinsaku IV as Kaoyo Gozen, in Act 1 of Chûshingura

「忠臣蔵 巻ノ壱」 「桃井若狭之介」初代実川延三郎  「塩冶判官」四代目三枡大五郎  「高ノ師直」四代目中村歌右衛門  「かほよ御前」四代目山下金作

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 5th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #357; Bell, Chushingura (2001), pl. 24

Dimensions

Vertical chûban tetraptych; 25 x 71.6 cm (9 13/16 x 28 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35630a-d

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Naka
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんぐら)
 中

Signed

Hirosada (on sheets 1, 2, and 4 from right)
広貞

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