Actors Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as the Boatman (Sentô) Kajizô (R), Nakamura Jakuemon I as Kozasa (C), and Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kuranosuke (L), in Keisei Somewake Tazuna

「契情染分繮」 「舟頭梶蔵 実川延三郎」(初代) 「小ざゝ 中村雀右衛門」(初代) 「蔵之助 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)

Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 117; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #178


Vertical chûban triptych; 24.5 x 55.7 cm (9 5/8 x 21 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41916, 11.41971a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.41916 (right sheet), 11.41971a-b (center and left sheets)

MFA impressions: 11.36157a-c, 11.41916VR (11.41916, 11.41971a-b)

Play: Keisei Somewake Tazuna
Theater: Naka


Yoshitaki ga (on right and left sheets), Yoshitaki hitsu (on center sheet)
芳瀧画 芳瀧筆


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[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