Actors at the Three Theaters: Ichimura Kakitsu IV for the Ichimura-za (R), Nakamura Shikan IV for the Morita-za (C), and Sawamyura Tosshô II for the Nakamura-za

「市村座」四代目 市村家橘   「守田座」四代目中村芝翫  「中村座」二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Kogaya Katsugorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0670 (R), 007-0669 (C), 007-0668 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41676, 11.41763a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.41676 (right), 11.41763a-b (center and left)

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Takichi (on right and left sheets)

改印:辰正改
彫師:彫工多吉

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