Ken Game for Reforming the World (Yonaoshi ken): Actors Nakamura Tsuruzô I, Nakamura Fukusuke I, and Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I)

「世直しけん」 初代中村鶴蔵、初代中村福助、4.5代目尾上梅幸(初代実川延若)

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 25 cm (13 15/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40149

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.

Signed

Konomi ni makasete Toyokuni giga, in toshidama cartouche

好にまかせて豊国戯画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 2 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:未弐改
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