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Actor Ichikawa Ebijûrô II as Naritaya Sôbei (?) and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (?) as Hideyoshi, from the series Four Heavenly Kings for the Katsushika Group (Katsushika Shitennô)

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Triptych: 00.1943 (R), 11.19894 (C), 00.1943 (L) (no VR) Poems by Kamenoya Osamaru, Bunryûsha Masazumi and Bunbunsha. MK says: Actors Ichikawa Ebizô VI? and Naritaya Sôbei I

Inscription

「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

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

Japanese, Edo period, about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)

Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Shikishiban

Accession Number

11.19894

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints