Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as a Babysitter (Komori) (R), Suketakaya Takasuke III as a Street Performer (Waiwai Tennô) (C), and Iwai Kumesaburô III as a Liquor Store Delivery Boy (Sakaya no goyô) (L)

「子もり」初代中村福助 「わひ/\天王」三代目助高屋高助 「酒屋のごよふ」三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 74.4 cm (14 1/16 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44086a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (finale of Part 2): Shiki Utsusu Kokoro no Hanakago
Play (main feature): Hana mo Yoshida Iwao no Matsuwaka
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 2
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松、丑二
彫師:なし

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