Actors Ichikawa Ebizô VI (?) and Naritaya Sôbei I, from the series Four Heavenly Kings for the Katsushika Group (Katsushika Shitennô)

「かつしか四天王」 六代目市川海老蔵ヵ、初代成田屋宗兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #144a

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 20.9 x 18.2 cm (8 1/4 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19894

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Three prints from the series, possibly a polyptych: 00.1943, 00.1944, 11.19894

Possibly from the play Yamato Moji Iroha no Kaomise at the Kawarazaki theater in the 11th month of 1829 (Bunsei 12). The character for “Tiger” in the costume of the figure holding the sword suggests that this is a New Year surimono for the Year of the Tiger, 1830.
 葛飾連の春興摺物。従者の着物に「寅」とあることから文政13年と判断。文政12年11月河原崎座「倭いろは鏡」の上演をふまえたものヵ。

Inscription

Poems by Kamenoya Osamaru, Bunryûsha Masazumi and Bunbunsha.
「亀の屋於佐丸 福つゝみくらけと見せて海老の眼をたのむ光りの春そのとけき」「文柳舎正住 ゑひ染のかすみの衣のきそはしめおさなきはまによく似合けり」「文々舎 松竹のめてたきかきりならひたるくひつみの海老」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Artist's seal: double toshidama

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