Actors Nakamura Kantarô as a Groom (Umakata), Sawamura Shozan (Sawamura Tanosuke III) as Nakai Kiku (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Ashikaga Shichirô Yoshitaka (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as ... Kanpei (L)

「馬かた 中村翫太郎」、「仲居きく 沢村曙山」(三代目沢村田之助)  「足利七郎義高 沢村訥升」(二代目)  「浦辛翫平 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 1st month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41782a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kinoe Soga Daikoku Bashira
Theater: Morita
Opening date of play: 2nd month
甲子曽我大国柱(きのえねそがだいこくばしら)
 守田

Signed

Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
改印:子正改
彫師:片田彫長

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