Actors in Imagined Roles (Mitate): Onoe Kikugorô III (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (L), in Shibaraku

「尾上菊五郎」(三代目) 「見立」「市川海老蔵」(五代目) 「見立」「市川団十郎」(八代目)

Japanese
Edo period
about 1832 (Tenpo 3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.8 cm (14 1/2 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39306a-b, 11.39321

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.39306a-b (right and center sheets), 11.39321 (left sheet)

In the 11th month of 1832, at the Kawarazaki theater, Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII appeared as Sadamitsu in Shibaraku. Ebizô also appeared in the play, but Kikugorô did not.

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

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