Actors Sakata Hangorô III as Ashigaru Imabashi Kuheiji (R) and Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Ashigaru Sonezaki Tokubei (L)

三代目坂田半五郎の足軽今橋九平次  二代目市川門之助の足軽曽根崎徳兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
1790 (Kansei 2), 4th month
Artist Katsukawa Shun'ei (Japanese, 1762–1819), Publisher Igaya Kan'emon (Bunkidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 2, British Museum II (1987), pl. 108

Dimensions

Hosoban diptych; 29.5 x 27.6 cm (11 5/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.18270-1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.18270 (left), 11.18271 (right)

Play: Haru no Nishiki Date-zome Soga
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Shun'ei ga (on each sheet)
春英画

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