Actors Nakamura Sôjûrô as Takebe Shirozaemon (R), Ichikawa Sadanji I as Takamura Banzaemon (C), and Ichikawa Danjûrô IX as Sakata Zenzaburô (L)

「武部四郎左エ門 中村宗十郎」  「高村伴左衛門 市川左団次」(初代)  「坂田善三郎 市川団十郎」(九代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1881 (Meiji 14), 11th month
Artist Utagawa (Morikawa) Chikashige (Japanese, active about 1869–82), Publisher Komori Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Asai Ginjirô (Hori Gin) (Japanese, 1844–1894)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 71.6 cm (14 1/8 x 28 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36948a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Morikawa Chikashige hitsu (on right sheet only)

Markings

Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ginjirô (on left sheet)

彫師:彫工銀次郎

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