Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shirai Gonpachi (R) and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Banzui Chôbei (L)

「白井権八」三代目岩井粂三郎 「幡すい長兵衛」五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 49.5 cm (14 5/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.43912a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

11.43910a-b (dated 1853 by the corresponding kabuki performance) is a later reprint of 11.43912a-b (1850), but with the actors’ faces changed and the “shita-uri” seal removed. However, the seals with the names of the two censors were left even though that system was no longer in use in 1853.

Play (second feature): Kakitsubata Tamuke no Hanakawado
Play (main feature): Arigata ya O-Edo no Kagekiyo
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田、シタ売
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