Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as a Vendor of White Sake (Shirozake-uri) (R) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as a Drunken Country Samurai (Namayoi no inakazamurai) in a Dance of Five Changes (Gohenge no uchi) (L)

「白酒売」二代目沢村訥升 「五変化ノ内 なまよひの田舎侍」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiya Yasubei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.9 x 50.3 cm (14 1/8 x 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40800a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa): Sukeroku Sugata no Uraume
Play: Kinryûzan Chimoto no Hatsu Hana
Theater: Nakamura
助六姿裏梅(すけろくすがたのうらうめ) 常磐津、長唄
金竜山千本初花(きんりゅうざんちもとのはつはな)
中村
 1857、安政04

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 3
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳三
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: 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