The Seventh Month (Fumizuki): Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Saitô Tarôzaemon and Onoe Baikô IV as Nagai's Wife (Shitsu) Hanazono, from the series The Five Festivals (Gosekku no uchi)

「五節句之内 文月」 「斎藤太郎左衛門」五代目市川海老蔵、「永井室花園」四代目尾上梅幸

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), intercalary 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 25 cm (14 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40987

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.40987, 11.43677

Imaginary performance (mitate).

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger intercalary 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:改、寅壬七
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