Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Iwanaga Saemon (R), Ichikawa Ichizô III as Chichibu no Shigetada (C), Onoe Eizaburô 4.5 (later Kawarazaki Kunitarô II), from Kamigata, as the Courtesan (Yûkun) Akoya, and Nakamura Fukusuke II as Hanzawa Rokurô (L)

「岩永左衛門 中村芝翫」(四代目) 「秩父ノ重忠」三代目市川市蔵 「ゆう君阿古屋 下り 尾上栄三郎」(4.5代目尾上栄三郎、二代目河原崎国太郎) 「半沢六郎 中村福助」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.21443-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21443 (left), 11.21444 (center), 11.21445 (right)

The actor later known as Kawarazaki Kunitarô II used the name Onoe Eizaburô from 8/1863 to 2/1869 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Eizaburô IV and Eizaburô V.

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sennosuke (on right sheet)

改印:亥八改
彫師:彫千之助

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: August 3, 1911)

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