Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Fuwa Banzaemon (R), Bandô Shûka I as the Courtesan (Yûkun) Katsuragi (C), Fujikawa Kayû III as Nakai Omiya, and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Nagoya Sanza (L)

「不波伴左衛門」八代目市川団十郎 「遊君かつらき」初代坂東しうか 「仲居おみや」三代目藤川花友、「名古屋山三」十二代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 x 75.6 cm (14 5/16 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44065a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Mukashi-gatari Inazuma-zôshi
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)

梓元の応需豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
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