Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Koman and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Gengobei, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「こまん」三代目岩井粂三郎、「源五兵衛」八代目片岡仁左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.4 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.30008

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25094, 11.30008, 11.30033, 11.30057

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu; Gengyo (on inset)

一陽斎豊国筆、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳正
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: 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