Actors in Imagined Roles (Mitate): Arashi Rikan II as Kagekiyo (R) and Nakamura Utaemon III as a Footman (Yakko) (L)

「見立 景清 嵐璃寛」(二代目)  「見立 奴 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1835 (Tenpô 6)
Artist Gochôtei Sadamasu I (Kunimasu) (Japanese, active 1834–1852)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 101

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.3 x 50.9 cm (14 11/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36004a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Hangonkô
Theater: Kado

Signed

Utagawa Sadamasu ga (on each sheet)

歌川貞升画

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