Actors Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Matsugae Matonosuke (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Nikki Danjô (L)

「松ヶ枝的之助 片岡仁左衛門」(八代目) 「仁木弾正」 五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month (R), 1857 (Ansei 4), 10th month (L)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kinnosuke (Kinjirô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Folan et al, Stars of the Tokyo Stage (2012), p. 86

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.5 x 51.3 cm (14 3/4 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21569-70

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.21569 (right), 11.21570 (left)

Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Nakamura

The left sheet of the diptych was recycled, without any alterations, from an earlier production, in which the same actor had played the same role, at the Ichimura Theater in 1857. See 11.44296a-c for the first version.

For a similar, earlier case of recycling by the same publisher, see 11.40825a-b.
伊達競阿国歌舞妓 だてくらべおくにかぶき
中村
 1861、文久01

本図は安政4年10月市村座「伊達競阿国戯場」時のものを再利用し、文久2年4月市村座「伊達競阿国歌舞妓」上演時に右図を<1>河原崎権十郎の荒獅子男之助から<8>片岡仁左衛門の松ヶ枝的之助へ変更し、左図は変更せずにそのまま用いたと思われる。

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 10 (left sheet); Chicken 4 aratame (right sheet)
No blockcutter's mark
改印(左):改、巳十
改印(右):酉四改
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: August 3, 1911)

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