Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Katsuma Gengobei (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Geisha Koman (in inset), Ichikawa Yonegorô I as Shimobe Dotesuke, and an unidentified actor as Yabannin Sansuke (L)

「勝間源五兵衛」二代目片岡我童 「芸者小まん」三代目岩井粂三郎 「下部土手助」初代市川米五郎ヵ 「夜番人三介」?

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 49.4 cm (14 3/16 x 19 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43850a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29042-3, 11.43850a-b

Play (second feature): On-atsurae Satsuma no Shingata
Play (main feature): Yoshitsune Senbonzakura
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 6
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰六
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