Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Courtesan (Keisei) Takao (R) and Sawamura Tosshô II as Sakingo Yorikane (L)

「けいせい高尾 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「左金吾頼兼 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1866 (Keiô 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.9 × 49.7 cm (14 1/2 × 19 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38950a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Tiger 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Tanaka Hori Ushi
改印:寅四改
彫師:田中彫牛

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