No. 18 (Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô IV as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, and Ichikawa Ebijûrô I), from the series The Life of Ôboshi the Loyal (Seichû Ôboshi ichidai banashi)

「誠忠大星一代話 十八」 四代目沢村宗十郎の大星由良之助、初代市川鰕十郎

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #16.13

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.36779.19

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.25060, 11.29619, 11.29620, 11.36779.19, 11.42835

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:村松、吉村
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