Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Akogi Gennojô (R) and Onoe Kikujirô II as Hashimoto's Daughter (Musume) Ohaya (L)

「阿古木源之丞」四代目尾上菊五郎  「橋本娘おはや」二代目尾上菊次郎

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.5 x 48.3 cm (13 9/16 x 19 in.)

Accession Number

11.43725a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Probably advance publicity for the upcoming production of Tsuru wa Chitose Suehiro Soga at the Ichimura Theater in the 3rd month of 1856 (Ansei 3). In the actual performance, the casting was changed: Akogi Gennojô was played by Bandô Hikosaburô V and Hashimoto’s Daughter Ohaya by Onoe Kikugorô IV.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、卯十二
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