Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as Konoshitagawa Kôsuke (R) and Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Hanyûya Sukeshirô (L)

「木下川幸助」二代目尾上菊次郎 「羽生村助四郎」初代大谷友松

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), fig. 11

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 34.5 x 48.7 cm (13 9/16 x 19 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45270a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43844a-b, 11.45270a-b

Play: Konoshita Kage Hazama Gassen
Theater: Morita

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 7
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰七
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