Actors Fujikawa Kayû III as the Geisha Koume, Nakayama Fumigorô II as Koyama Shigesaemon (R); Nakamura Kantarô I as Tedai Jôhachi, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Yaekushi no Saiza (C); Ichimura Takenojô V as Kanzashi Jingorô, unknown as Hakomawashi Matsuzô (L)

「げいしや小梅」三代目藤川花友、「小山重左衛門」二代目中山文五郎 「手代丈八」初代中村翫太郎、「八重くしの才三」八代目市川団十郎 「かんさし甚五郎」五代目市村竹之丞、「箱廻し松蔵」

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamazakiya Seishichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 75.5 cm (14 3/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44019a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Kihachijô Misuji no Tatejima
Play (main feature): Hôraisan Yotsugi Soga
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet)

香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、馬込
彫師:なし

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