Actors Nakamura Utaemon III as Mino no Shôkurô (T), Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Gantetsu, actually Miura Arajirô (BR), and Nakamura Karoku I as the Courtesan Hinazuru, actually Shôkurô's wife Kochô (BL)

「美濃ノ庄九郎 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)  「丸鉄実は三浦荒次郎 市川鰕十郎」(初代)  「けいせい雛鶴実は庄九郎妻小蝶 中村歌六」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1823 (Bunsei 6), 1st month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese), Publisher Izutsuya Denbei (Japanese), Publisher Izumiri (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 93; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #142

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, two-tier triptych; 72.5 x 50.8 cm (28 9/16 x 20 in.)

Accession Number

11.35465-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.35465 (bottom right), 11.35466 (bottom left), 11.35467 (top)

Play: Keisei Ômonguchi (The Great Gate of the Licensed Quarter)
Theater: Kado
けいせい廓大門(けいせいおおもんぐち)
 角

Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on each sheet)
春好斎北洲画

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