Actors Iwai Hanshirô IV as an Attendant and Nakamura Matsue I as Yaoya Oshichi

四代目岩井半四郎の下女、初代中村松江の八百屋お七

Japanese
Edo period
1766 (Meiwa 3), 5th month (?)
Artist Ippitsusai Bunchô (Japanese, active about 1765–1792)


Dimensions

Hosoban; 30 x 14 cm (11 13/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.18502

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.18502, 21.4687

Play: Yaoya Oshichi Koi no Edozome (?)
Theater: Nakamura (?)

This production is the best fit for the scene shown, but the style of the print suggests that it might be somewhat later in date.
八百屋お七恋江戸染(やおやおしちこいのえどぞめ)ヵ
 中村ヵ

Signed

Ippitsusai Bunchô ga
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