Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô as Takaramusubi no Gon (R), Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Tachibana Hishizô (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Sanba Jafuku (L), in Unity of Three Happinesses: Favorite Actors Before a White Waterfall (Sanpuku soroe shiiki no shirataki)

「三福揃しいきの白滝 宝結権 河原崎権十郎」 「橘菱蔵 市村羽左衛門」(十三代目) 「三羽雀福 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #59; Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #194

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 73.6 cm (13 3/4 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.41572a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:亥六改
彫師:片田彫長

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