Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hayakawa Minbu (R), Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Wada Yukie, Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I) as Wada Shizuma (C), and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Sawai Matagorô (L)

「早川民部」初代中村福助 「和田靭負」八代目片岡仁左衛門、「和田志津广」4.5代目尾上梅幸(初代実川延若) 「沢井股五郎」五代目市川海老蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Bunsuke (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 76.9 cm (14 3/4 x 30 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.21299-301

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21299 (center), 11.21300 (left), 11.21301 (right)

Play: Hatsu Dôchû Sugoroku Soga
Theater: Nakamura

The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.
魁道中双禄曽我(はつどうちゅうすごろくそが)
中村
 1859、安政06

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Koizumi Hori Kane (on right and left sheets)
改印:未正改
彫師: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: August 3, 1911)

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