Actors Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga Gorô and Ichikawa Yaozô II as Soga Jûrô

二代市川門之助の曽我五郎、二代市川八百蔵の曽我十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1772 (Meiwa 9/An'ei 1), 1st month
Artist Ippitsusai Bunchô (Japanese, active about 1765–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #66; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Bunchô list, #260 (complete triptych); Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), pls. 239-41

Dimensions

Hosoban diptych; 30 x 27.7 cm (11 13/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.18549-50

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.18549 (left), 11.18550 (right); virtual record: 11.18549-50
Right sheet of triptych: 21.4710

Play: Haru wa Soga Akebono-zôshi
Theater: Nakamura
春曽我曙草紙(はるのそがあけぼのぞうし)
 中村

Signed

Ippitsusai Bunchô ga (on each sheet)
一筆齊文調画

Markings

Artist's seal: Mori uji

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