Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as the Country Samurai (Inakazamurai) Fukunoshin, Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Onnatayû Otomi (R), and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Koshimoto Oyama (L)

「田舎侍福之進」初代中村福助、「女太夫おとみ」二代目中村富十郎 「こし元おやま」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 48.1 cm (13 7/8 x 18 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43836a-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, Act 4 of Part 1): Koi Nakatomi Muro no Momijiba
Play (main feature): Kana Kyôdai Musume no Adauchi
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 10
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松、丑十
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