Kusatsu: Actors Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, Seki Sanjûrô III as Senzaki Yagorô, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers and the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô (Chûshingura gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「忠臣蔵五十三次内 草津」 「大星由良之助」五代目沢村長十郎、「千崎弥五郎」三代目関三十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), fig. 35, p. 111 (complete diptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.4 x 24.5 cm (13 15/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43659

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of incomplete diptych.

Play: Chûshingura Gojûsan Tsugi
Theater: Ichimura
忠臣蔵五十三紀(ちゅうしんぐらごじゅうさんつぎ)
市村
 1850、嘉永03、05・01

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、渡辺、シタ売
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