Actors Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Nakanoshima Hachiemon, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Kameya Chûbei (R), Onoe Kikugorô IV as Umegawa of the Tsuchiya, and Onoe Baikô 4.5 as Tsuchiya Jiemon (L)

「中の島八衛門」初代中村鶴蔵、「亀屋忠兵衛」八代目片岡仁左衛門  「槌屋梅川」四代目尾上菊五郎、「槌屋次右衛門」4.5代目尾上梅幸

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #4.2

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.7 x 48.6 cm (14 1/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40886a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Yayoi-zakura Hisago no Makubari
Theater: Nakamura

The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 3 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:申三改
彫師:なし

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