Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV in three roles as Hatsuzoradayû (R), Umanori Komakichi (C), and Kagekiyo (L)

「初ぞら太夫」 四代目中村歌右衛門  「馬のり駒吉」 四代目中村歌右衛門  「かげ清」 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 1st month


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 25 x 54.4 cm (9 13/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36242a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Mitsu no Haru Suzume no Tawamure
Theater: Naka
三春翫雀躍(みつのはるすずめのたわむれ)
 中

Signed

Yoshikuni (on center sheet), Yoshikuni ga (on left sheet)
よし国 芳国画

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: 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