Actors Matched with Chickens, a Triptych (Yakusha mitate tori awase, sanmai tsuzuki): Nakamura Utaemon IV as Yagi Minorinosuke Toshiyoshi (R), Nakamura Tomijûrô II as Toyotoshi-hime (C), and Arashi Rikan II as Shinkoku Ôinosuke Yasunari (L)

「俳優擬鶏合(やくしやみたてとりあわせ) 三枚続」 「八木実柴之助歳吉 中村歌右衛門(四代目)  「豊とし姫 中村富十郎」(二代目)  「新穀大炊之助安成 嵐璃寛」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1837 (Tenpô 8), 1st month
Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu I (Japanese, 1809–1879), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 102; Kubo Tsunehiko and Sons Collection Ukiyo-e Hanga (2004), #38-5; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), fig. 112

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 75.4 cm (14 5/8 x 29 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36445a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary scene (mitate).

Signed

Hasegawa Sadanobu ga (on each sheet)
長谷川貞信画

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