Actors Nakamura Denkurô IV as Soga no Jûrô and Matsumoto Yonesaburô I as Kewaizaka no Shôshô

「中村伝九郎」(四代目中村伝九郎の曽我十郎)、「松本米三郎」(初代松本米三郎の化粧坂の少将)

Japanese
Edo period
1798 (Kansei 10), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.2 cm (14 3/4 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13703

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kisohajime Kosode Soga
Theater: Kiri
着衣始小袖曽我(きそはじめこそでそが)
 桐

Denkurô IV took the name in 1793.1 and died in 1799.8.

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

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