Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Little Fox (Kogitsune) Reiza (R and L) and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Nippondaemon (C)

「小狐礼三 市村家橘」(四代目)  「二本駄右衞門 市川小団次」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum IV, #179 (two left sheets only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38978a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.38756a-c, 11.38978a-c

Play: Koharu Nagi Okitsu Shiranami
Theater: Ichimura
小春穏沖津白浪(こはるなぎおきつしらなみ)
 市村

Signed

Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame (on right sheet)
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô (on right sheet)
改印:子十改
彫師:片田彫長

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