Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Suzuki Mondo, with Tôzaemon as a Man-about-town (Tsûjin), and Kantarô as a Country Samurai (Inaka-zamurai)

「つう人 藤左衛門」、「鈴木主水 沢村訥升」(二代目)、「田舎侍 翫太郎」(中村翫太郎)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Other artist Utagawa Kunishige III (Japanese, active about 1850–70), Publisher Shimizuya Naojirô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban, left sheet of diptych; 36.4 × 24.3 cm (14 5/16 × 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15667

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.15667, 11.16300.2

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet); Kojinbutsu Kunishige ... ga (With the assistance of Kunishige for the minor figures)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:辰九改
彫師:なし

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