Actors Arashi Kichisaburô III as the Master (Teishu) of Sagamiya (R), Nakamura Daikichi III as Tokubei's Wife (Nyôbô) Ofusa (C), and Kataoka Gadô II as Hanaya Tokubei (L)

「相模屋亭主」三代目嵐吉三郎  「徳兵へ女房おふさ」三代目中村大吉  「花屋徳兵衛」二代目片岡我童

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamazakiya Seishichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.1 x 77.7 cm (15 x 30 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21343-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21343 (left), 11.21344 (center), 11.21345 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.21343-5 (complete), 11.29243 (right sheet only)

Play (second feature): Sodegaura Kokyô no Nishiki
Play (main feature): Soga Moyô Kameyama-zome
Theater: Kawarazaki
袖浦故郷錦(そでがうらこきょうのにしき)
蝶鵆亀山染(そがもようかめやまぞめ)
河原崎、二番目
 1855、安政02

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 7
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯七
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: 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