Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Denbei, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Oshun (R), and Kataoka Gadô II as Yojirô (L)

「伝兵衛」二代目沢村訥升、「おしゆん」三代目岩井粂三郎 「与四郎」二代目片岡我童

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.7 x 50.7 cm (14 1/16 x 19 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43856a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (middle feature): Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi
Play (main feature): Zôho Suzuka Kassen
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 8
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、辰八
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