Actors Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Hanakatsumi Odai (R), Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Miura Chômonnojô (CR) and Arashi Kichisaburô III, from Kamigata (Kudari), as Tsukushi Gonroku (CL), and Kawarazaki Sanshô I as Mizuguruma no Gonji (L)

「花かつみお大 坂東三津五郎」(六代目)   「三浦長門之助 中村芝翫」(四代目)   「築紫権六 下り 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「水車の権次 河原崎三升」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 8th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-0845 (R), 201-0846 (CR), 201-0847 (CL), 201-0848 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych

Accession Number

11.41761a-d

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.39884a-b (two center sheets only), 11.41761a-d (complete tetraptych)

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Takichi

改印:卯八改
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: 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