Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Heiji Kagetaka (R), Ichikawa Kuzô II as Genta Kagesue (C), and Onoe Eizaburô III as Koshimoto Chidori (L)

「平二景高 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「源太景季 市川九蔵」(二代目)  「こしもと千鳥 尾上栄三郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.1 x 69.2 cm (13 13/16 x 27 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.38510a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Kawarazaki
ひらかな盛衰記(ひらがなせいすいき)
河原崎
天保13 (1842)・04・

Signed

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

Markings

No censor's seal

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