Actors Nakamura Shikan IV (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV (L) as Firefighters, from the series Flowers of Edo, Excitement at Night (Edo no hana yoru no nigiwai)

「江戸花夜の賑」  四代目中村芝翫  初代河原崎権十郎  四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (Japanese, 1822–1866), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-1642 (R), 012-0315 (C), 012-0316 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, left sheet of triptych; 35.2 × 25.5 cm (13 7/8 × 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37792

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.37790-2

MFA impressions: 11.22715 (right sheet only), 11.37790-2 (complete triptych, with variant version of right sheet)

Signed

Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga (on each sheet)
一英斎芳艶画

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa
改印:申九改
彫師:松島彫政

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