Actors Greeting the Audience (Omemie kôjô): Ichikawa Shinnosuke IV, Formerly Akanbei and Juzô, Newly Arrived from Ôsaka, and Kawarazaki Kunitarô I, Introduced by Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I

「大阪下りあかん平事 寿蔵改 市川新之助」(四代目)、「河原崎国太郎」(初代) 「お目みへ口上」  「河原崎権十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 × 49.5 cm (14 3/16 × 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.41216a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Ichikawa Shinnosuke IV used the names Akanbei until 1857, Juzô from 1857 to 1863.7, Shinnosuke from 1863.7 (as commemorated by this print) to 1870.1, Saruzô from 1870.1 to 1882.6, and Ichikawa Ebizô VIII from 1882.6 until his death in 1886.11. He was the younger brother of Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (later Ichikawa Danjûrô IX).
Kawarazaki Kunitarô I, aged 14 in this print, used the name from his debut in 1859.2 until his premature death in 1867.4.

Signed

Yoshiiku ga (on each sheet)
芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa
改印:亥七改
彫師:松島彫政

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