Title page, from the series Actors for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Yakusha mitate Tôkaidô gojûsan eki), also called Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「役者見立 東海道五十三駅」 目録

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take), Printer Ôumiya Kyûtarô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-00 (with more colors), p. 160

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34 x 24 cm (13 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29525.1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29525.1, 11.43297, 59.1147.2

This not-for-sale sheet (possibly given away as a bonus gift when prints were purchased) identifies the actors (some deceased) shown in the 55 sheets of the original series, before the extra designs were added.
The impression illustrated in Marks, Kunisada’s Tôkaidô (2013), has alternating shades of red and pink as background for the actors’ names, but all three MFA impressions have color only in the border.
 「東海道五十三次之内」シリーズの目録。

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga
一陽斎豊国画

Markings

kinbaibai ("not for sale") seal
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Yokokawa Takejirô
Printer's mark: Surikô Ôumiya Kyûtarô

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: August 3, 1911)

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