Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Miuraya Takao (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Ishii Tsuneemon (C), Nakamura Fukusuke I as Ishii Shimobe Tôsuke, and Ôtani Tokuji II as Ittô Sachûta (L)

「三浦屋高尾」三代目岩井粂三郎 「石井常右衛門」八代目片岡仁左衛門 「石井下部藤介」初代中村福助、「一藤左仲太」二代目大谷徳次

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 75.7 cm (14 1/8 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44294a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Toshitoku Soga Matsu no Shimadai
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳正
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