Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tachibana Kojima (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Tachibana Koiwa (C), Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as Tachibana Kamekichi, and Sawamura Tosshô II as Tachibana Kotsuru (L)

「橘小島」初代河原崎権十郎  「橘小岩」三代目岩井粂三郎  「橘亀吉」十三代目市村羽左衛門、「橘小鶴」二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.9 x 76.6 cm (14 1/2 x 30 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44226a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Chô Kochô Tsubasa no Karuwaza
Play (main feature): Kosode Soga Azami no Ironui
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 2 aratame
Blockcutters' marks: Hori Kane (on right and left sheets), Koizumi Hori Kane (on center sheet)

改印:未弐改
彫師:彫兼 小泉彫兼

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