Kusatsu: Seta Bridge on Lake Biwa (Biwa-ko Seta no hashi); Actors Ichikawa Yaozô III as Sasaki Takatsuna and Ichikawa Danjûrô VI as Tanimura Kotôji, from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tôkaidô Road] by Two Brushes (Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi)

「双筆五十三次 草津 琵琶湖 せたの橋」 目録:「佐々木谷村」 佐々木高綱(三代目市川八百蔵)、谷村小藤次(六代目市川団十郎)

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, Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T79-53; Watanabe, Sôhitsu gojûsan tsugi (2011), #53; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 252, ôban #34.53

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.36763.56

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 53 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

The two actors played these roles together at the Miyako Theater in the 8th month of Kansei 9 (1797).

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
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、卯八
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