Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Seigen and Onoe Kikugorô IV as Sakura-hime, No. 2 from the series Comparison of Fan Followings in the Eastern Capital (Tôto hiiki kurabe)

「東都贔屓競 二」 「清玄」四代目市川小団次、「桜姫」四代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 24.8 cm (14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42415

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Edo-zakura Kiyomizu Seigen
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 4
No blockcutter's mark

改印:午四
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: 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