Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Akamaya Genzaemon, actually Kannon Kyûji, and Sawamura Tosshô II as Motome (inset) (R); Sawamura Tanosuke III as Omiwa (inset), and Ichikawa Kuzô III as Chiyo Yasubei, now Kômori Yasu (L)

「赤間屋源左衛門 実は観音久次 中村芝翫」(四代目)、「もとめ 沢村訥升」(二代目)   「おみわ 沢村田之助」(三代目)、「千代安兵衛 今は蝙蝠安 市川九蔵」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.3 × 51.6 cm (14 11/16 × 20 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17380-1

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych: 11.17380 (right), 11.17381 (left)

Play (second feature): Wakaba no Ume Ukina no Yokogushi
Theater: Morita
若葉梅浮名横櫛(わかばのうめうきなのよこぐし)
 守田

Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
梅蝶楼国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino (on left sheet only)
改印:子四改
彫師:彫巳の

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