Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Ubara no Tagohei (R) and Iwai Shijaku I as the Courtesan (Keisei) Sugawara, Actually (Jitsu wa) Kiku no mae (L)

「莵原の田五平 市川海老蔵」(五代目)  「けいせい菅原 実ハ菊のまへ 岩井紫若」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1841 (Tenpô 12), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.8 x 52 cm (14 7/8 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.21571-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.21571 (right), 11.21572 (left)

Play: Ichinotani Futaba Gunki
Theater: Kawarazaki
一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)
河原崎
 1841、天保12、04・08

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

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