Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Kasugaya Tokijirô (R) and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Yamanaya Urazato (L)

「春日屋時次郎」初代中村福助 「山名屋浦里」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 48.1 cm (14 1/8 x 18 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40815a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Akegarasu Yuki no Urazato
Play (main feature): Wakaki no Ume Satomi no Yatsufusa
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 5
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳五
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