Actors Utagawa Shirogorô as Jûrô Sukenari and Nakamura Tomijûrô I as Umegae

「十郎すけなり 歌川四良五郎」、「うめがへ 中村富十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1743 (Kanpô 3), 1st month
Artist Torii Kiyonobu II (Japanese, active about 1725–1760), Publisher Nakajimaya Izaemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Hosoban; 30.1 x 14.5 cm (11 7/8 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13231

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kado Midori Tokiwa Soga
Theater: Nakamura

Utagawa Shirogorô used this name from 1742.11 to 1749.11, when he became Sawamura Sôjûrô II.
門緑常盤曽我(かどみどりときわそが)
 中村

Signed

Torii Kiyonobu hitsu
鳥居清信筆

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