Imaginary Casting for the Play Senryô Nobori (Mitate Senryô Nobori): The Late Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (R), Bandô Shûka I, and Arashi Otohachi III (L)

「見立千両幟」 八代目市川団十郎  初代坂東しうか、三代目嵐音八

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 3rd month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 49.4 cm (14 1/8 x 19 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43712a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate) featuring three recently deceased actors.
 見立

嘉永7年8月没の<8>市川団十郎と、安政2年3月没の<1>坂東しうか、安政元年12月没の<3>嵐音八を描く。

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 3
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯三
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