Ishibe: Megawa Village (Megawa no sato); Actors Bandô Mitsugorô III as Chôemon and an unidentified actor as Ohan, from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tôkaidô Road] by Two Brushes (Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi)

「双筆五十三次 石部 目川の里」 目録:「於半 長」 長右衛門(三代目坂東三津五郎)、於半

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Kyûshirô


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T79-52; Watanabe, Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi (2011), #52; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 252, ôban #34.52

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.7 x 23.9 cm (13 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36763.55

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 52 in the series.

Landscapes by Hiroshige, figures by Kunisada I (Toyokuni III). The subtitles of the landscapes, if present, appear on the individual prints; the subtitles referring to the figures are found only on the title page for the series, 11.36763.3 .
Album of all 55 prints in the series, plus cover slip, title page, and hand-written preface and colophon: 11.36763.1-59

Signed

Hiroshige hitsu (above); Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (below)
広重筆、豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 8
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯八
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