Actors Ogawa Kichitarô III as a Daimyô, Nakamura Kashichi II as Tarô Kaja, and Nakamura Sankô I as a Female Monkey Trainer

三代目小川吉太郎の大名、二代目中村歌七の太郎冠者、初代中村三光の女さる廻し

Japanese
Edo period
1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #s 82, 83, 84 (actor identifications partly incorrect)

Dimensions

One third of vertical ôban sheet; 10.9 x 24.5 cm (4 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.35335

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper, with embossing

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

One sheet with three designs, now cut apart: 11.35334 (by Hokushû), 11.35335 (by Hokushû), 11.35336 (by Yoshikuni). Originally, 11.35335 was in the center of the sheet and was upside down relative to the other two images. The sheet was not supposed to be cut apart, but rather was intended to be folded in three and glued or fastened at the side edges to make a souvenir wallet, with a folded flap over the opening; all three pictures would then be right-side up.

Play: Utsubo-zaru
Theater: Kado
靫猿(うつぼざる)
 角 

Signed

Hokushû ga
北洲画

Markings

Artist's seal

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: September 29, 2004)

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