Actors Onoe Baiko IV as Koshô Kichiza (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Oshichi the Greengrocer's Daughter (Yaoya Musume Oshichi), and Sawamura Sôjûrô V as the Servant Woman (Gejo) Osugi (L)

「小姓吉三」四代目尾上梅幸 「八百屋娘お七」三代目岩井粂三郎 「下女お杉」五代目沢村宗十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.7 x 49.5 cm (14 7/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.38362a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Sono Mukashi Koi no Edozome
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

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