Actors Onoe Tamizô II as Giheiji (R) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Danshichi Kurobei (L)

「義平二」二代目尾上多見蔵   「団七九郎兵衛」四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Uemura Yohei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 005-0753 (R), 005-0754 (L) (no dates given)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.1 x 47.9 cm (13 13/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38400a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Utaemon IV moved back to Osaka in 1849.12 and died in 1852.1; Tamizô II was in Edo only from 1841.5 to 1843.10.
Possibly an Osaka produciton of 1850?

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込、シタ売
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