Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Shizuka and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Fox Tadanobu (Kitsune Tadanobu), from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)

「見立三十六句撰」 「しつか」四代目尾上菊五郎、「狐忠信」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Vos, & Griffith, "Surprise Comparisons...," in Andon 96 (2014)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.1 cm (14 9/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.25096

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25096, 11.30022, 11.30055, 11.30071

Poem transcribed and translated in Andon 96, p. 47.

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni hitsu; Gengyo (on inset)
香蝶楼豊国筆、玄魚

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳正
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: 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