Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Tsubone Iwafuji (R), Nakayama Bungorô II as Nakayama, and Bandô Shuka I as Iwafuji's Maid (Meshitsukai) Ochiyo (L)

「局岩藤」四代目中村歌右衛門  「中山」二代目中山文五郎、「召使お千代」初代坂東しうか

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db (complete triptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.6 x 49.5 cm (14 7/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.38370a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Actually the right and left sheets of an incomplete tripotych.

Play: Omegumi ni Uruo Iwafuji
Theater: Ichimura
 恵閏初夏藤

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark
改印:福、村松
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: 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