Actors Bandô Takesaburô I, Ôtani Tomomatsu I, Arashi Rikan III, Bandô Shûka I (R), Kataoka Gadô II, Iwai Kumesaburô III, Sawamura Tosshô II (C), Nakamura Fukusuke II, Arashi Kichisaburô III, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII, and Ichikawa Komazô VII (L)

初代坂東竹三郎、初代大谷友松、三代目嵐璃寛、初代坂東しうか 二代目片岡我童、三代目岩井粂三郎、二代目沢村訥升 初代中村福助、三代目嵐吉三郎、十三代目市村羽左衛門、七代目市川高麗蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 74.5 cm (13 3/4 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44130a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take, Yokokawa Hori Take (center sheet only)

改印:改、寅十二
彫師:彫竹 横川彫竹

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