Actors Nakamura Noshio II as Tonase (R), Bando Hikosaburô III as Yuranosuke (C), and Segawa Kikunojô III as Oishi (L)

二代目中村野塩のとなせ  三代目坂東彦三郎の由良之助  三代目瀬川菊之丞のおいし

Japanese
Edo period
1795 (Kansei 7), 4th month
Artist Katsukawa Shun'ei (Japanese, 1762–1819), Publisher Iwatoya Kisaburô (Eirindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #689 and cat. no. 132 (R only); Ukiyo-e taikei 3 (1976), #s 197 (L) and 198 (R); Ukiyo-e taisei 8 (1931), #228 (C) and 229 (R); Ukiyo-e zenshô 5 (1957), fig. 76 (R)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.1 x 73.7 cm (15 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

21.7314-6

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 21.7314 (right), 21.7315 (center), 21.7316 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.22301 (center sheet only), 21.7314-6 (complete triptych)

Probably matted and photographed out of order; the group is usually arranged with the female characters leaning in rather than out. However, they could also be enjoyed individually or combined with other actor portraits from the same production.

Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
Theater: Miyako
仮名手本忠臣蔵(かなでほんちゅうしんくら)
 都

Signed

Shun'ei ga (on each sheet)
春英画

Markings

No censor's seal

Provenance

Formerly in the Kobayashi collection; 1913 purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection