Actors Onoe Kikugoro I as Satô Tadanobu and Nakamura Kiyosaburô I as His Wife Shinobu

初代尾上菊五郎の佐藤忠信と初代中村喜代三郎の女房信夫

Japanese
Edo period
1769 (Meiwa 6), 11th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1988), pl. 54; Waterhouse, Harunobu and His Age (1964), #6 (different date, play, roles)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban; 28.3 x 21.3 cm (11 1/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.19312

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (kaomise): Mutsu no Hana Ume no Kaomise
Theater: Ichimura
雪梅顔見勢(むつのはなうめのかおみせ)
 市村

Signed

Ippitsusai Bunchô ga
一筆齊文調画

Markings

Artist's seal: Mori uji

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