Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Iwanaga (R), Onoe Eizaburô 4.5 (later Kawarazaki Kunitarô II) as Akoya, and Ichikawa Ichizô III as Shigetada (L)

「岩永 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「あこや 尾上栄三郎」(4.5代目尾上栄三郎、二代目河原崎国太郎)、「重忠 市川市蔵」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37 x 49.7 cm (14 9/16 x 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40906a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).

The actor later known as Kawarazaki Kunitarô II used the name Onoe Eizaburô from 8/1863 to 2/1869 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Eizaburô IV and Eizaburô V.
 見立

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet)
七十八歳豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi (on left sheet)
改印:戌十改
彫師:彫太田多七

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