Actors Nakamura Matsue III as Otaka (R), Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Mokuemon, and Ichikawa Danzô V as Yashichi

三代目中むら松江のおたか  初代市川鰕十良の杢右衛門、五代目市川団蔵の弥七

Japanese
Edo period
1824 (Bunsei 7), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 93; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #153 (variant)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.6 x 51.1 cm (14 13/16 x 20 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.26637-8

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.26637 (left), 11.26638 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.26637-8 (earlier, privately printed edition), 11.35461-2 (later, commercial edition, with actors’ names and no poems)

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Kado
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんぐら)
 角

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû (on each sheet)
春好斎北洲

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