Actors in imaginary roles: Onoe Tamizô II as Mino Shôkurô (T), Fujikawa Tomokichi III as the courtesan Naniwazu (BR), Arashi Kichisaburô III as Akujirô Yoshizumi (BC), and Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Ise Shinkurô Nagauji (BL)

上段「美濃庄九郎 尾上多見蔵」(二代目)  下段右から「けいせい難波づ 藤川友吉」(三代目)  「悪二郎義澄 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「伊勢新九郎長氏 実川延三郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #136

Dimensions

Vertical chûban, two-tier tetraptych; 50 x 54 cm (19 11/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.35545a-d

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Actually a two-tier hexaptych missing the upper corners.

Play: Keisei Ômonguchi (Mitate)
けいせい廓大門
 見立

Signed

Ôju Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki ga (on BL only), Yoshitaki (on other sheets)
応需一養亭芳瀧画 芳瀧画

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