Actors Nakamura Utaemon VI as Wakatô Kihei (R) and Bandô Shûka I as Iwafuji's Servant (Meshitsukai) Ochiyo (L)

「若とう喜兵衛」四代目中村歌右衛門 「岩藤召仕お千代」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Murataya Ichigorô (Muraichi) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.6 x 49.5 cm (14 7/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.43944a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Omegumi ni Uruo Iwafuji
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

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

改印:福、村松
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