Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III as Jurobei and Onoe Kikujirô II as Oyumi, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「十郎兵衛」三代目市川市蔵、「おゆみ」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.4 x 25.8 cm (14 3/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21781

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21781, 11.30036, 11.30080

Signed

Utagawa Toyokuni hitsu

歌川豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 12
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳十二
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: 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