Actors Bandô Takesaburô I, Bandô Shûka I (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (C), Iwai Kumesaburô III, and Nakamura Fukusuke I (L)

初代坂東竹三郎、初代坂東しうか  八代目市川団十郎  三代目岩井粂三郎、初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 2nd month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.7 x 73.2 cm (13 11/16 x 28 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44149a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.44149a-c (with wisteria background, publisher Izutsuya), 11.44150a-c (with checked fabric background, no publisher).
 見立

11.44150a-cは、11.44149a-cから版元印を削り、背景を変えたもの。

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
一陽斎豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Takichi
改印:改、寅二
彫師:彫多吉

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