Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Matsukaze, Ichikawa Komazô II as Yukihira (R), and Iwai Hanshirô IV as Murasame (L), from an unidentified book of theatrical scenes

初代中村仲蔵の松風、二代目市川高麗蔵の行平、四代目岩井半四郎の村雨

Japanese
Edo period
1771 (Meiwa 8), 11th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

A similar book: Hillier, Art of the Japanese Book (1987), vol. 1, pp. 337-9

Dimensions

Two chûbon pages; 21.1 x 13.9 cm (8 5/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.19782-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.19782 (left), 11.19783 (right)

Play: Kuni no Hana Ono no Itsumoji
Theater: Nakamura

A similar book dated 1771-1772: 2006.1790 (3 vol. in 1), 2006.1791 (first vol. only)
倭花小野五文字(くにのはなおののいつもじ)
 中村

Signed

(this page unsigned)

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