Actors Iwai Hanshirô VII as Meshitsukai Ohatsu and Iwai Hanshirô V as Onoe (inset), from the series Past and Present, Both Sides of the Leaf (Konjaku konotegashiwa)

「今昔児手柏」「召使おはつ」七代目岩井半四郎、「尾のへ」五代目岩井半四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ise-Yoshi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 006-4618

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, creped; 20.3 x 14.8 cm (8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45396.21

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:改、卯七
彫師:彫竹

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