Actors Sawamura Shirogorô II as Washi no Chôkichi (R) and Sawamura Tanosuke II as Azuma (L)

「わしの長吉 沢村四郎吾郎」(二代目)  「あづま 沢村田之助」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1810 (Bunka 7), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 101-2102 (L only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.9 x 55.3 cm (15 5/16 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.22854-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.22854 (left), 11.22855 (right)

Unidentified publisher’s mark on left sheet.

Play: Dekiaki Yawata Matsuri
Theater: Ichimura
当秋八幡祭(できあきやわたまつり)
 市村、二幕目

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame (on right sheet only)
改印:極

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