Yanagibashi Chiyo (top) and Actor Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Hanbei (bottom), from the series Women and Men in Twenty-odd Chapters of Genji (Meoto Genji nijûyo chô)

「めうとげんじ二十余帖」「柳橋千代」、「半兵衛 市村家橘」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 008-0110

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.2 × 24.2 cm (13 7/8 × 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.39090

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika ga (top image), Ôju Baichôrô Kunisada hitsu (bottom image)
国周画、応需梅蝶楼国貞筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Shige
改印:丑七改
彫師:彫工繁

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