Actors Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Seki Sanjûrô III, and Ichikawa Komazô VII as Police Officers (R) and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Sanshichirô Yoshitaka (L)

捕手 四代目市川小団次、三代目関三十郎、七代目市川高麗蔵  「三七郎義孝」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Mitaya Kihachi (Japanese), Blockcutter Nakamura Tôkichi (Hori Me-Tô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.1 x 49.8 cm (14 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38315a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kozotte Kuruwa Mimasu no Date-zome
Theater: Nakamura

襷廓三升伊達染

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Me-Tô
改印:福、村松、丑二
彫師:彫目藤

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