Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Koshimoto Fusano and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kiura Shingo, from the series Comparisons of Lovers, a Collection of Ballads (Koi awase, hauta-zukushi)

「恋合 端唄つくし」 「こしもと房の」三代目岩井粂三郎、「木浦新吾」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40936

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Sode-ga-ura Ukina no Harusame
Play (main feature): Okuni no Matsu Soga Nakamura
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 3 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉三改
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