Eleven Brigade, North Group, Honjo: Actor Bandô Kamezô I as Kô no Moronô, from the series Flowers of Edo and Views of Famous Places (Edo no hana meishô-e)

「江戸の花名勝会 十一 北組」 「本所」 「高師直 坂東亀蔵」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Other artist Torii Kiyokuni (Japanese), Publisher Katôya Iwazô (Seibei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.5 cm (14 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42535

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42535, 11.45158

The term “flowers of Edo” (Edo no hana) can refer, among other things, to fires. The title panel for each print in this series shows the lanterns and identifying standard (matoi) for one of the brigades of firefighters (hikeshi) assigned to various districts. On the west side of the Sumida River were 48 brigades named for the symbols of the kana syllabary and grouped into 8 numbered groups (1 to 10, minus the bad-luck numbers 4 and 7). On the east side of the river, brigades were numbered and assigned to directional groups. Outlying districts were covered by special brigades, here designated “extra” (bangai). Each title gives the name or number of a brigade, its group, and its district, followed by the kabuki scene chosen to match it.

Inscription

「江戸の花名勝会」「十一」「北組」「田舎そば」「二八楠田」「一子相伝角力赤膏」「兜あらためハ忠臣蔵の何段目」「□名手 本所」「元来牛じま也永代じま新地開発ありて本所と地名なるへし」「回向院境内勧進出角力」「ト二ッ」「つらいくがいを乗切る明智 白い仕かけで雲に龍」「ぬしゆゑにくらうつくしたくかいの此身もゆるむねの火不知火と」「しん上 両関さんえ ひゐき」「雲龍」「不知火」「高師直 坂東亀蔵」「少将の首を小桶に打入て寺より里へおくるはつもの」

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (bottom left); Torii Kiyokuni ga (top); Kunisada ga (bottom right)

応需 豊国画(年玉枠)、鳥居清国画、国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Mino

改印:亥正改
彫師:彫工巳の

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