Kyoto, No. 2 (Kyô ni): (Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as) Mashiba Hisayoshi, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「東海道五拾三次の内 京二 真柴久吉」 三代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-55A, p. 160; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #20; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 7, Musee Guimet II (1990), fig. 46

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.3 x 23.1 cm (13 1/2 x 9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29389

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station no. 55.

MFA impressions: 11.29384, 11.29389, 11.43283, 59.1147.84
Forms a diptych with: 11.29383, 11.29386, 11.43227, 11.45320, 59.1147.85

Signed

(Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche, cut off of this impression)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: (Kinugasa, Murata), Rat 8
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:(衣笠、村田、)子八
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: August 3, 1911)

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