Actors Onoe Baikô III in His Hit Role as the Ghost (Yûkon) of Kasane (above) and Sawamura Tosshô I as Kinugawa Yoemon (below)

「かさねゆうこん 尾上梅幸 新工風大当り/\」(三代目尾上菊五郎) 「木下川与右衛門 沢村訥升」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1836 (Tenpô 7), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Chôzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban, upright diptych; 37.2 x 25.4 cm (14 5/8 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.39338, 11.39359

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.39338 (top), 11.39359 (bottom)

Play: Kuruwa Kuruwa Date no Ôyose
Theater: Ichimura

According to surviving programs for the play, the role of Yoemon was played by Mimasu Gennosuke I.

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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