Actors Ichimura Takematsu III as Tatsuyo's Younger Sister (Imôto) Okiku (R), Nakamura Shikan VI as Suwa Kazuemon (C), and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Tatsuyo, Actually the Monster of the Cat Stone (Nekoishi no kai) (L)

「辰世妹おきく 市村竹松」(三代目)  「須破数右衛門 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「辰世実猫石ノ怪 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kagiya Shôbei (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #182

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37 x 75 cm (14 9/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.44339a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Tôkaidô Iroha Nikki
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane (right and left sheets), Horikô Koizumi Kane (center sheet)

改印:酉七改
彫師:彫兼 彫工小泉兼

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