Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Gokuin Sen'emon and Ichikawa Danzô VI as Kaminari Shôkurô, No. 5 from an untitled series

「極印千右衛門」二代目沢村訥升、「雷庄九郎」六代目市川団蔵 「五」

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 25.2 cm (13 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42183

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42183, 11.42188

The five sheets of the series are not continuous but can be assembled into a pentaptych, numbered right to left.
MFA impressions of the complete set: 11.42179-83, 11.42184-8 (no virtual records)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 9
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take

改印:午九
彫師:横川彫竹

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