The Late Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Tokijirô (R) and Bandô Shûka I as Urazato (L), in Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki

「明烏夢泡雪」 「時次郎」八代目市川団十郎 「浦里」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #3-46

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 49.8 cm (14 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43721a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29677-8, 11.43721a-b

Imaginary performance (mitate) featuring two recently deceased actors (and possibly a recently deceased musician).
 見立

<8>市川団十郎は嘉永7年8月没、<1>坂東しうかは安政2年3月没。本図は生前の二人の当り役を描き、出語りは安政元年11月没の<2>清元延寿太夫ヵ。

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 11
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、卯十一
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