Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ukiyo Matabei and Onoe Kikujirô II as His Wife (Nyôbô) Otoku, from an untitled series in the form of book pages

「うきよ又平」四代目中村歌右衛門、「女房おとく」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24 cm (14 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38294

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Hangonkô
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
Blockcutter's mark: Yoko Hori Take

改印:浜、衣笠
彫師:横彫竹

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