No. 12 (Actors Ichimura Uzaemon XII, and Onoe Kikugorô III as Ôboshi Yuranosuke), from the series The Life of Ôboshi the Loyal (Seichû Ôboshi ichidai banashi)

「誠忠大星一代話」 十ニ 十二代目市村羽左衛門、三代目尾上菊五郎の大星由良之助

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Miyakozawa


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.36779.13

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.22058, 11.29670, 11.36779.13

Neither the publisher’s mark nor the number in the series appear on any of these impressions.

Signed

Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga

梓元の應需豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
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