Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as the Geisha Kosan (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Akizuki Ikkaku (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kanaya Kingorô (L)

「芸者小三」三代目岩井粂三郎 「秋月一角」八代目片岡仁左衛門 「金谷金五郎」五代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 75.9 cm (14 3/16 x 29 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44342a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Okuni no Matsu Soga Nakamura
Theater: Nakamura
御国松曽我中村(おくにのまつそがなかむら)
中村
 1861、文久01

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:酉正改
彫師:彫竹

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