Fuwa Kazuemon Masatane, age 34 (by Yoshitoshi); and Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as ... Saizaburô (by Kunichika), from the series True Portraits and Theatrical Scenes in Pairs for the Iroha Syllabary (Shinzô gekijô iroha awase)

「真像劇場 伊呂波一対(いろはあはせ)」「不破数右衛門正種 行年三十四歳」「 才三郎 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 2nd month
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892), Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsunoi (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Another print in the series: Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), #128

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, creped; 21.8 x 15.8 cm (8 9/16 x 6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

00.1812

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series that pairs portraits of the 47 rônin of Chûshingura, drawn in a realistic, Westernized style by Yoshitoshi, with traditionally drawn caricatures of kabuki actors in various roles by Kunichika.

Signed

Ichiôsai Kunichika ga; Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi mo

一鴬斎国周画、一魁斎芳年模

Markings

Censor's seal: Snake 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:巳二改
彫師:片田彫長

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock