Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Fuwa Banzaemon (R), Sawamura Tanosuke III as Katsuragi Tayû (C), and Ichikawa Ichizô III as Nagoya Sanza (L)

「不波伴左衛門」初代中村福助 「かつらき太夫」三代目沢村田之助 「名古屋山三」三代目市川市蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Fujiokaya Keijirô (Shôrindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 75.2 cm (13 15/16 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44303a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Hanagatami Gojûsan Tsugi
Theater: Morita

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane (right and left sheets), Koizumi Hori Kane (center sheet)

改印:申三改
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