Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Nuregami Chôgorô (R), Ichikawa Ichizô III as Hanaregoma Chôkichi (C), and Ichikawa Danzô VI as Chôkichi's Older Sister (Ane) Oseki (L)

「濡髪長五郎」初代中村福助  「放駒長吉」三代市川市蔵  「長吉姉お関」六代目市川団蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 8th month


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.5 × 73.5 cm (13 9/16 × 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38764a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Hana no Iro Futatsu Chôchô
Play (main feature): Toki ni Minna Minobu no Goriyaku
Theater: Morita

The actors in the two main roles traded back and forth on alternate days.
壮色双蝶蝶(はなのいろふたつちょうちょう)
当南身延妙利益(ときにみんなみのぶのごりやく)
森田、二番目
 1857、安政04、08・10

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 8
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳八
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