Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Izaemon (R), Mimasu Baisha I as Kizaemon (C), and Ichikawa Dannosuke V as Kizaemon's Wife (Nyôbô) Osaki (L), in the play Kuruwa Bunshô

「伊左衛門 片岡我当」(二代目)  「喜左衛門 三枡梅舎」(初代) 「廓文章」  「女房おきさ 市川団之助」(五代目)

Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 3rd month
Artist Kinoshita Hironobu I (Japanese, active about 1851–1870), Publisher Uchitora (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 117; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 3 (2001), #399


Vertical chûban triptych; 24.3 x 54.5 cm (9 9/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.35087 (right), 11.35088 (center), 11.35089 (left)

Play: Kuruwa Bunshô
Theater: Kado


Hironobu ga (on right sheet), Hironobu (on center sheet), Goyôtei Hironobu ga (on left sheet)
広信画 広信 五葉亭広信


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