Actors Greeting the Audience (kôjô): Ichikawa Saruzô I and Ichikawa Ebizô V

口上 初代市川猿蔵、五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25 cm (14 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45345

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of an incomplete diptych.

MFA impressions (complete diptych): 11.29978-9, 11.43918a-b
MFA impressions (left sheet only): 11.39057 (key block), 11.45345, *11.45346 (deaccessioned in 2012)

Play: Arigata ya O-Edo no Kagekiyo
Theater: Kawarazaki
Commemorating the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V to Edo after his exile in Kamigata.
難有御江戸景清(ありがたやおえどのかげきよ)
河原崎
嘉永3年3月に五代目市川海老蔵が江戸へ戻ってきた際の口上図。
 校合摺の画賛は「寿海老人にかはりて」の一文がある。

Inscription

「帰る雁水道の恩や土の味 六造庵」

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga
香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、渡辺
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