Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V, Ichikawa Saruzô I (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (L)

五代目市川海老蔵、初代市川猿蔵 八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), about 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 49.9 cm (14 1/8 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.21446a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21446a-b, 11.43909a-b, *11.45368a-b (deaccessioned in 2012)

Shows the 1849 visit of Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII to Kamigata where he met with his exiled father, Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII).
 嘉永2年秋に八代目市川団十郎が上方の五代目市川海老蔵へ会いに行った時のもの。

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (right sheet only)
改印:衣笠、吉村
彫師:彫竹

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