Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Fujiya Izaemon (R) and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yûgiri of the Ôgiya (L)

「ふじ屋伊左衛門」二代目片岡我童 「扇屋夕霧」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiya Yasubei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35 x 49.6 cm (13 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.43866a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Kuruwa Bunshô
Play (main feature): Hanamidô Yamato Bunko
Theater: Nakamura
廓文章(くるわぶんしょう) 常磐津、竹本
花☆堂大和文庫(はなみどうやまとぶんこ)
中村、二番目大切
 1854、嘉永07、03・11

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji (on left sheet only)
改印:改、寅二
彫師:彫庄治

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