Spring (Haru): Actors Sawamura Tosshô I as Yukihira (inset) and Ichikawa Ebizô V as a Palace Attendant, from the series Four Seasons (Shiki no uchi)

「四季ノ内 春 沢村訥升 市川海老蔵」(初代沢村訥升の行平、五代目市川海老蔵の仕丁)

Japanese
Edo period
1839 (Tenpô 10), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.4 cm (14 9/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.39332

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Shiki no Nagame Maru ni I no Toshi
Play: Ôuchi no Hana no En
Play (main feature): Toki ni Saiwai Sakura no Irodoki
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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