Actors Nakamura Shikan (Utaemon III) as Fukashichi, actually Kanawa Gorô Imakuni (R), and Iwai Hanshirô V as Omiwa, the Sake Seller's Daughter (Sakaya Musume) (L)

「ふか七実は金☆五郎今国 中村芝翫」(三代目中村歌右衛門) 「酒屋娘おみわ 岩井半四郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1818 (Bunka 15/Bunsei 1), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.3 x 52 cm (15 1/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.21524-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.21524 (left), 11.21525 (right)

Play: Imoseyama Onna Teikin
Theater: Nakamura

Nakamura Utaemon III used his poetry name, Shikan, as a temporary stage name when he performed in Edo in 1818-19.
妹背山婦女庭訓(いもせやまおんなていきん)
中村
 1818、文化15、05・08

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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