Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Sekitori Shirafuji Genta (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Geisha Oshun (C), and Nakamura Fukusuke I (?) as Izutsuya Denbei (L)

「関取白藤源太」二代目片岡我童 「芸者おしゆん」三代目岩井粂三郎 「井筒屋伝兵衛」初代中村福助ヵ

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 73.8 cm (13 3/4 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44181a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Theater: Nakamura
No plays were being performed at the time this print was issued; it may be advance publicity.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 1
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji

改印:改、卯正
彫師:彫庄治

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