Actors as Issun Tokubei (R), Danshichi Kurobei (C), and Tsuribune Sabu (L)

「一寸徳兵衛」(四代目沢村宗十郎ヵ七代目市川高麗蔵ヵ)  「団七九郎兵衛」(八代目市川団十郎ヵ)  「つりふね三ふ」(四代目坂東彦三郎ヵ)

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maru-Man (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 77.5 cm (14 1/8 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.45547a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No production has been found that corresponds to this scene from the play Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami. It is unclear whether or not the faces of the characters are intended to be portraits of specific actors.
Issun Tokubei may be either Sawamura Sôjûrô IV or Ichikawa Komazô VII.
Danshichi Kurobei may be Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII.
Tsuribune Sabu may be Bandô Hikosaburô IV.
役者絵風ではあるが、該当する上演なし。似顔であるかどうかも微妙。
四代目沢村宗十郎もしくは七代目市川高麗蔵風の一寸徳兵衛。
八代目市川団十郎風の団七九郎兵衛。
 四代目坂東彦三郎風のつりふね三ふ。

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on center sheet), Ôju Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
一陽斎豊国画 応需 香蝶楼豊国画 応需 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:吉村
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