Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Yukitsuna (TR), Bandô Shûka I as Naruto no Mae (TL), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Yoshihira (BR), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kunitake (BL), from the series Flowers of Edo Compared in Color Prints (Edo no hana nishiki-e kurabe)

「江都の花錦絵競」 「行綱」十二代目市村羽左衛門、「鳴戸の前」初代坂東しうか、「義平」八代目市川団十郎、「国武」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.1 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45098

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.40324, 11.45098

Play: Genke Hachidai Megumi no Tsuwamono
Theater: Ichimura
源家八代恵剛者(げんけはちだいめぐみのつわもの)
市村
 1847、弘化04、11・04

Signed

Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on TR design), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on TL design), Toyokuni ga (on BR and BL designs)
梓元の応需豊国画 応需豊国画 豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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