Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kumasaka Chôhan (R) and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Ushiwakamaru (L)

「熊坂長範」四代目中村歌右衛門 「牛若丸」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Miyakozawa


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 48.5 cm (13 7/8 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43782a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43782a-b, 17.3216.21-2

Play: Tsuki no Ume Megumi no Kagekiyo
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Hamoto no konomi ni makasete Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)

板元の好まかせて豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:村松、吉村
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