Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VII (R) and Onoe Kikugorô III (L), from the series Mirror of Actors in Their Own Calligraphy (Yakusha jihitsu kagami)

「役者自筆鏡」 七代目市川団十郎  「役者自筆鏡」 三代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
about 1821–24 (Bunsei 4–7)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Shimizu (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuwana City Mus., Shodai Utagawa Toyokuni yakusha-e ten (2002), #128 (complete?); the sheet to the right of these two: Waseda db 001-0212

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.5 x 50.6 cm (14 3/8 x 19 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26780-1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete polyptych): 11.26780 (left), 11.26781 (right)

Five sheets of this series are known, possibly a complete pentaptych. There is also a matching series of actors in female roles, with their poems, entitled Mirror of Edo Beauties in Their Own Calligraphy (Edo bijin jihitsu kagami); see Waseda db 001-1305, 001-1306, 001-1307.

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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: August 3, 1911)

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