Actors Nakamura Matsue III as the Courtesan (Tayû) Katsuragi (R), Bandô Jûtarô I as Fuha Banzaemon (C), and Iwai Shijaku I as the Attendant (Nakai) Omiya (L)

「かつらき太夫 中村松江」(三代目)  「不破伴左衛門 坂東寿太郎」(初代)  「中居お宮 岩井紫若」(初代)

Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 1st month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 99; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 162


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.4 x 77.1 cm (14 3/4 x 30 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.30384 (left), 11.30385 (center), 11.30386 (right)

Play: Keisei Shinasadame


Shunkôsai Hokuei ga (on each sheet)


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)

[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