Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Nuregami and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Hanaregoma, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「ぬれかみ」四代目中村歌右衛門、「はなれごま」五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.1 x 23.9 cm (13 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.30004

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21786, 11.30004, 11.30082

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga; Gengyo (on inset)

一陽斎豊国画、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰十一
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: 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