Actors Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Shinzô Shiratama (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kurotegumi no otokodate Sukeroku (C), Nakamura Nakazô III as White Sake Vendor (Shirozake-uri) Shinbei, and Sawamura Tosshô II as Ushiwaka Denji (L)

「新造しら玉」六代目坂東三津五郎  「黒手組ノ助六」五代目坂東彦三郎  「白酒売新兵衛」三代目中村仲蔵、「牛若伝次」二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38979a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Atari Kuji Mansei Soga
Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Chô (on center sheet only)

改印:卯三改
彫師:彫工長

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