Instruction in the Arts: Practicing Gestures (Shogei shian no uchi buri no keiko): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Fortuneteller (Uranaisha) Sangokuken of Komagata, Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Tobigashira Kakichi, and Bandô Shûka I as Ohide of Kewaizaka

「諸芸指安(しよげいしあん)の内 ぶりのけいこ」 「駒形の占者三国軒」四代目中村歌右衛門、「鳶頭嘉吉」十二代目市村羽左衛門、初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kobayashi Taijirô (Bunseidô / Bunshôdô)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 24.9 cm (14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39682

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36727, 11.39682

Play (shosa): Shinki Ikken Tori no Hatsugoe (A Ken Game with New Rules to the First Cry of the Cock)
Play (main feature): Aoto Banashi
Theater: Ichimura
新規一拳酉魁声(しんきいっけんとりのはつごえ)
青砥調(あおとばなし)
市村、四立目
 1849、嘉永02、01・17

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込
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