Actors Iwai Hanshirô V as Agemaki (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Sukeroku (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as Shinbei (L)

五代目岩井半四郎の揚巻 八代目市川団十郎の助六 三代目尾上菊五郎の新兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
about 1823 (Bunsei 6)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #41; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #54; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #239 (L only); Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #74 (C only); Crighton, The Floating World (1973), #I 62

Dimensions

Shikishiban triptych; 21.3 x 56.3 cm (8 3/8 x 22 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.7532-4

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 21.7532 (right), 21.7533 (center), 21.7534 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.26729-31, 21.7532-4

Poems translated in Izzard 1993, p. 121; Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 273 (L only); and Bowie et al. 1979, p. 124 (C only).

Inscription

Right: Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Hana-ayame/ Edo murasaki no/iro ito mo/ Naniwa no mizu ni/ musubu Agemaki

Center: Poem by Tsukushitei Waki no Aritake: Hachimaki ni/ Edo murasaki no/ yokogasumi/ ima zo Naniwa mo/ haru to naritaya

Left: Poem by Ryûkatei Fûshi Mizugaki: Iroka o ba/ hoka e yuzurite/ kono hana no/ aniki to miyuru/ Naniwazu no haru

Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Sanga no tsu/ ichi to mo hito no/ medeyasen/ Fuji no onoe ni/ yuki no shirozake

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
香蝶楼国貞画

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from L. E. Charnley; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection