Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Musashi Gorô, actually Yoshikado (R), and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Yosooi-hime (L)

「武蔵五郎実ハよし門」初代中村福助 「粧姫」三代目沢村田之助

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ise-Yoshi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 26.3 x 49.5 cm (10 3/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.40833a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The design of the seal appears to read “Goat 8,” but it is not the usual design for that month.

Play: Hanano no Tsuki Utou Hitofushi (or: Hanabusa no Kô Utou Hitofushi)
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shô

改印:未八改
彫師:彫庄

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