Actors Sakata Hangorô III (R) and Ichikawa Komazô III (L)

三代目坂田半五郎 三代目市川高麗蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1790 (Kansei 2), 1st month


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #69

Dimensions

Hosoban diptych; 29.5 x 27.4 cm (11 5/8 x 10 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18203, 11.18246

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.18203 (right), 11.18246 (left)

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

MFA impressions: 11.18203VR (11.18203, 11.18246); RES.54.172a-b

Roles played by Hangorô III: Kotôta, Ise Kaidô no Gantetsu; roles played by Komazô III: Soga no Jûrô, Ukiyo Kozô, actually Dozaburô; it is unclear which roles are shown here.
春錦伊達染曽我(はるのにしきだてそめそが)
 中村

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