Actor Arashi Kichisaburô III as a Firefighter, from the series Flowers of Edo, Excitement at Night (Edo no hana yoru no nigiwai)

江戸花夜の賑 三代目嵐吉三郎 「吉三 岡嶋屋 嵐 おかじま」

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 11th month
Artist Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (Japanese, 1822–1866), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

NDL db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.7 × 24.8 cm (15 1/4 × 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.37797

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

One sheet from an optional polyptych.
Inscriptions on the lanterns in the background give clues to the identity of each actor.

MFA impressions of the basic triptych: 11.22715 (R only), 11.37790-2 (complete triptych, with variant version of R), 11.37796 (C only)
Additional prints in the series, which can be assembled as an optional polyptych: 11.37793, 11.37794, 11.37795, 11.37797, 11.37798
At least two more designs in the series are in the collection of the National Diet Library.

Signed

Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga
一英斎芳艶画

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 11 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:申十一改
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: 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