Designs of Popular Actors for Collage-picture Battledores (Tôsei yakusha oshi-e hagoita): Bandô Mitsugorô IV as Tsuna (R), Onoe Kikugorô III as Seinei (C), and Seki Sanjûrô II as Sadamitsu (L)

「當盛役者押絵羽子板」 「綱 坂東三津五郎」、「せいねい 尾上菊五郎」、「貞光 関三十郎」

Japanese
Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 11th month (date of play)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 25.8 x 37.3 cm (10 3/16 x 14 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38333

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Bandô Musha Tsuna-ga-tehajime
Theater: Ichimura
Date of production: 1832 (Tenpô 3), 11th month
坂東武者綱手始(ばんどうむしゃつながてはじめ)
市村
天保03 (1832)・11・27

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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