Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Goiya Kyônosuke and Kataoka Gatô II as Yoshinoya Shigezô

「五井屋京之助」二代目片岡我童、「吉野屋繁蔵」二代目片岡我当

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Okazawaya Taiheiji (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-9443

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24 cm (13 7/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40745

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hito-kanade Kodakara Soga
Theater: Nakamura

Publisher’s mark and censor’s seal are partly cut off of this impression and cannot be clearly read.
一曲奏子宝曽我(ひとかなでこだからそが)
 中村

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 5 (partly cut off at right edge)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰五
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