Actors in Imaginary Roles (Mitate): Sawamura Tanosuke III as Yaeume (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Sasano Gonza (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Shirai Gonpachi (L)

「見立八重梅 沢村田之助」(三代目) 「見立笹野権三 河原崎権十郎」(初代) 「見立白井権八 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kichinosuke (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 71.6 cm (14 x 28 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44352a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Tamakushige Akebono Soga
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ôju Nanajûnanasai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet)

応需七十七歳豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 1 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Fuka Hori Chô (on right sheet), Hori Chô (on center and left sheets)

改印:亥正改
彫師:深彫長、彫長

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