Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as the Doctor (Isha) Hôfunei, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Bokusha Sangokuken, Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tobi-no-mono Kamekichi, and Bandô Shûka I as the Geisha Ohide, in Aoto Banashi, No. 18 from an untitled series

「青砥調」 「ゐしや宝富寧」三代目関三十郎、「卜者三国軒」四代目中村歌右衛門、「鳶の者亀吉」十二代目市村羽左衛門、「げいしやお秀」初代坂東しうか 「十八」

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiya Yasubei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 25.6 x 37.4 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.25925

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25925, 2009.5007.35

Play (shosa): Shinki Ikken Tori no Hatsugoe (A Ken Game with New Rules to the First Cry of the Cock)
Play (main feature): Aoto Banashi
Theater: Ichimura
新規一拳酉魁声(しんきいっけんとりのはつごえ)
青砥調(あおとばなし)
市村、四立目
 1849、嘉永02、01・17

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga
香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、吉村
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: August 3, 1911)

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