Actors as Yottsuibishi Chôgorô (R), ... Mekura Shimahiko (C), ... Kamezô, and Mitsuhiki Ichigorô (L)

「四ツイ菱長五郎」四代目中村芝翫   「男達金原の亀蔵」「三ッ引市五郎」

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Yoshiiku (Japanese, 1833–1904), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Uemura Yasugorô (Hori Yasu) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

A related print by Kunisada: Waseda db 101-2726

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 × 74 cm (14 3/8 × 29 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.41161a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Mukashi gatari Azuma no tatehiki

Signed

Yoshiiku ga (on right and left sheets), Ichieisai Yoshiiku ga (on center sheet)
芳幾画 一蕙斎芳幾画

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Yasu kokutô
改印:申十改
彫師:彫安刻刀

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