Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Playboy (Yûkaku) Shikan, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Playboy (Yûkaku) Shisen (R), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Tomimoto Toyohiko (L)

「遊客芝翫」四代目中村芝翫、「遊客紫扇」初代河原崎権十郎  「富本豊ひこ」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.7 x 51.8 cm (14 13/16 x 20 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.15156, 11.15164, 11.15156

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.15156 (right), 11.15164 (left)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu kokutô
改印:酉六改
彫師:彫安刻刀

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