Kusatsu: (Actor Iwai Kumesaburô II as) Koina (R) and Chiryu: (Actor Ichikawa Ebizô V as) Demura Shinbei (L), from the chûban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「東海道五十三次の内 草津 こいな」二代目岩井粂三郎 「東海道五十三次の内 池鯉鮒 出村新兵エ」五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #s T65-40 (L) and T65-53 (R), pp. 186, 192

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri designs mounted as horizontal chûban sheet; 17.8 x 24.7 cm (7 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.45397.1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

These two sheets were not originally printed together. However, the other six sheets in the album 11.45397.1-7 are in their original form, with two designs per chûban sheet.

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 11 (on right sheet only)
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (on each design)
改印:米良、渡辺、子十一
彫師:彫竹

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