Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Ichimonjiya Saihei (R), Onoe Kikujirô II as Okaru (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Hayano Kanpei (L), in The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura)

「一もんじや才兵衛」四代目坂東彦三郎  「仮名手本忠臣蔵」「おかる」二代目尾上菊次郎  「早の勘平」八代目市川団十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (2014), list #1-593 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 72.8 cm (14 1/8 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38479a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The MFA has two different versions of this triptych, with different actors in the right sheet and different censors’ seals on all sheets, but both versions appear to refer to the same production: 11.38479a-c, plus 11.38139 (key block for this version, center sheet only), and 2009.4992.1a-c.

Play: Chûshin Meimei Kikigaki Zôsho
Theater: Nakamura
忠臣列撰随筆蔵(ちゅうしんめいめいききがきぞうしょ)
中村
 1847、弘化04

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
改印:村松、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