Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as Miyagino and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Shinobu, from an untitled series of actor portraits

「みやぎの 沢村田之助」(三代目) 「しのぶ  坂東三津五郎」(六代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1870 (Meiji 3), 5th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Ôhashiya Yashichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 × 47.2 cm (14 1/8 × 18 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.34918a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on left sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 5 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: toshidama
改印:午五改
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: December 15, 2000)

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