Actors Nakamura Ganpachi I as Hachiganbô, Nakamura Komajûrô I as Sannenbô, Bandô Kichiroku I as Sumirebô (L), and Ôtani Tomoemon V as Yokawa Kakuhan (R)

「八眼坊」初代中村鴈八、「三念坊」初代中村駒十郎、「菫花坊」初代坂東喜知六   「横川覚範」五代目大谷友右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 8th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-4589 (R), 100-4590 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.41647a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Ichinomori Kujira no Ôyose
Theater: Morita
一守九字成大漁(いちのもりくじらのおおよせ)
 守田

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 8 aratame
Blockcutters' marks: Katada Hori Chô (on right sheet); Uemura Hori Yasu (on left sheet)
改印:卯八改
彫師:片田彫長 上邑彫安

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