An Osaka Souvenir from Edo (Azuma kudari Naniwa miyage): Actors Ichkawa Ebizô V, Ichikawa Saruzô I (R), Nakayama Ichizô I, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (L)

「東下り難波みやけ」 五代目市川海老蔵、初代市川猿蔵  初代中山市蔵、八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849–50 (Kaei 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.4 x 50.5 cm (14 5/16 x 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43953a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly made either when Danjûrô VIII travelled to Kamigata to visit Ebizô V in the fall of 1849, or when Ebizô V returned to Edo in the third month of 1850, and Danjûrô VIII went out to meet him along the way.

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松
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