Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Hananomura Chigusa, actually Shûsaku (R); Sawamura Tanosuke III as Shiranui Daijin, actually Wakana-hime (C); and Ichikawa Kobunji I, formerly Tsurusuke, as Washizu no Shimobe Tadashichi (L)

「花の村千草 実ハ秋作 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「白縫大尽 実は若菜姫 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「鷲津ノ下部只七 鶴助改 市川小文次」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38754a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Kinoene Soga Daikokubashira
Theater: Morita

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:子正改
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