Actors in an Imaginary Performance (Mitate): Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Soga Jûrô Sukenari (R), Onoe Kikugorô III as Kudô Suketsune (C), and Sawamura Tanosuke II as Soga Gorô Tokimune (L)

「曽我 市川団十郎」(七代目)「見立」  「工藤すけつね 尾上菊五郎」(三代目)「見立」  「曽我五郎時宗 沢村田之助」(二代目)「見立」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1816 (Bunka 13)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Shimizu (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1884 (C), 100-1885 (R)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.8 x 75.6 cm (14 7/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.43013a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Kikugorô III took the name in 1815.11 (following the death of Kikugorô II in 1787); Tanosuke II died in 1817.1 (and Tanosuke III did not take the name until 1859).

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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