Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ishikawa Goemon and Ichikawa Komazô VII as the Thiefcatcher (Torite) Komezô, later Kodanji (inset), No. 10 from the series Past and Present, Both Sides of the Leaf (Konjaku konotegashiwa)

「今昔児手柏」 「十」 「とり手米蔵後ニ児段二」七代目市川高麗蔵、「石川五右衛門」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ise-Yoshi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45396.28

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:改、卯七
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: 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