Actors, from right: Nakamura Rikô I as Agemaki, Nakamura Nakazô I as Hige no Ikyû, and Ichikawa Danjurô V as Sukeroku

初代中村理好の揚巻、初代中村中蔵の意休、五代目市川団十郎の助六

Japanese
Edo period
1782 (Tenmei 2), 1st month or 5th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Dai Ukiyo-e ten (2014), #89 (complete); Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #493 (photo of C only, description of pentaptych); Ukiyo-e taikei 3 (1976), #s 33-7 (complete)

Dimensions

Hosoban triptych; 31.3 x 43.1 cm (12 5/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.7149-51

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych (three sheets of pentaptych): 21.7149 (left), 21.7150 (center), 21.7151 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.18847 (CR), 21.7149-51 (CR, C, CL), 21.4056 (CL), 21.4057 (R), 34.376 (CL)

Play: Sukeroku Kuruwa no Natorigusa
Theater: Nakamura
The actors performed in these roles in the first month and again in the fifth month.
助六曲輪名取草
 中村

Signed

Shunshô ga (on each sheet)
春章画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection