Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as Inuta Kobungo and Nakamura Daikichi III as the Courtesan Kakitsu (R), and Arashi Rikan III as Inuzaka Keno (L), in Act VII of the Play Yatsu no Hanafusa

「犬田小文五 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)、「けいせひ花橘 中むら大吉」(三代目)  「犬坂毛の 嵐璃寛」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Isshusai Kunikazu (Japanese, active about 1848–1868)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 109; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #548

Dimensions

Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.8 cm (9 13/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.20662a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Keisei Yatsu no Hanafusa
Theater: Kado

Signed

Kunikazu

国員

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