Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Fuji no kata and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Ashikaga Mitsuuji

「ふじの方」四代目尾上梅幸、「足利満氏」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 006-2201, 100-5430; Shindo, Gototei Kunisada yakusha-e no sekai (1993), p. 104

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 25 cm (14 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40209

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate), possibly made in anticipation of the actor’s arrival in Edo (and name change from Baikô IV to Kikugorô IV) in the 9th month.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 8
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、卯八
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