Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Innami Kazuma (R), Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Footman (Yakko) Sodesuke, Actually (Jitsu wa) Ôtaka Tonomo (C), and Ichikawa Kuzô II as Nikki Tamonnosuke (L)

「印南数馬」三代目岩井粂三郎 「奴袖助実ハ大高主殿」四代目中村歌右衛門 「仁木多門之助」二代目市川九蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kogaya Katsugorô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.7 x 78.1 cm (13 11/16 x 30 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.38493a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Takagi Oriemon Budô Jitsuroku
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、村田
彫師:なし

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