Actors Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Tôfuya Saburôbei (TR) and Nakamura Utaemon III as Hanyumura Kingorô (TL), Bandô Mitsugorô III as Date no Yoemon (BR) and Iwai Hanshirô V as Kasane (BL)

「とうふ屋三郎兵衛 松本幸四郎」(五代目) 「羽生村金五郎 中村歌右衛門」(三代目) 「伊達の与右衛門 坂東三津五郎」(三代目) 「かさね 岩井半四郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1818 (Bunka 15/Bunsei1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban, two-tier tetraptych; 77 x 52.6 cm (30 5/16 x 20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.16363, 11.16364, 11.21521, 11.21522

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two-tier tetraptych: 11.16363 (bottom right), 11.16364 (bottom left), 11.21521 (top left), 11.21522 (top right)

Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
Theater: Nakamura
伊達競阿国戯場(だてくらべおくにかぶき)
中村
 1818、文政01、08・10

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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