Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III in Seven Roles: Dote no Oroku and the Palace Maid (Okujochû) Takekawa (R); the Apprentice (Detchi) Hisamatsu and Aburaya Osome (C); the Mother (Haha) Sadamasa, the Poor Girl (Shizunome) Osaku, and Omitsu (L)

「土手のお六・奥女中竹川」三代目岩井粂三郎 「でつち久松・油屋おそめ」三代目岩井粂三郎 「母貞昌・賎の女お作・言号おみつ」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 75.6 cm (14 1/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.45548a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29729 (right sheet only), 11.39033 (right sheet only), 11.39696-8, 11.45548a-c

Play (second feature): Osome Hisamatsu Ukina no Yomiuri
Play (main feature): Yama Warau Haru no Kiyomizu
Theater: Kawarazaki

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet)

香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、渡辺
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