Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Ono Sadakurô (R), Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Farmer (Hyakushô) Yoichibei (L), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Hayano Kanpei (in inset)

「斧定九郎」初代河原崎権十郎 「百性与一兵衛」四代目市川小団次、「早野勘平」初代目河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.9 x 24.1 cm (13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.22429-30

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22429 (left), 11.22430 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.22429-30, 11.40850a-b

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Ichimura
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんぐら)
市村
 1859、安政06

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 9 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Koizumi Hori Kane (on right sheet), Hori Kane (on left sheet)
改印:未九改
彫師:小泉彫兼 彫兼

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