Actors Ichikawa Kuzô III as Anno Heibei and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hotei Ichiemon, No. 4 from an untitled series

「安の平兵衛」三代目市川九蔵、「布袋市右ヱ門」初代中村福助 「四」

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 25.4 cm (13 7/8 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.42182

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42182, 11.42187

The five sheets of the series are not continuous but can be assembled into a pentaptych, numbered right to left.
MFA impressions of the complete set: 11.42179-83, 11.42184-8 (no virtual records)
染分紅地江戸褄(そめわけてもみじのえどづま)
英勇茲頼政(えいゆうここによりまさ)
 中村

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 9
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:午九
彫師:横川彫竹

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