Actors Morita Matasaburô as the Courtesan (Keisei) Fuyô, Onoe Kikujirô II as Hachisuba Yoroku (R), Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Iwaki Tôma, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Goemon's Wife (Nyôbô) Otaki (L)

「けいせいふやう」森田又三郎、「蓮葉与六」二代目尾上菊次郎 「岩木当馬」四代目坂東彦三郎、「五右衛門女房お滝」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.2 x 50.4 cm (15 1/16 x 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43925a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kinoshita Soga Megumi no Masagoji
Theater: Nakamura
木下曽我恵☆路(きのしたそがめぐみのまさごじ)
中村
 1851、嘉永04、01・12

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込
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