Actors Onoe Baikô IV as the Town Girl (Machimusume) Okatsu (R), Sawamura Chôjûrô V as Akane Hanshichi (C), Fujikawa Kayû III as the Town Girl (Machimusume) Ohana, and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Katanaya Hanshichi

「町娘おかつ」四代目尾上梅幸  「赤根半七」五代目沢村長十郎  「町むすめお花」三代目藤川花友、「刀屋半七」十二代目市村羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hon'ya Naoshichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 76.5 cm (14 3/8 x 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45552a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (shosa, finale of Part 2): Tomigaoka Ada no Kanegoto
Play (main feature): Sakaomodaka Yoroi Chôja
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet)

香蝶楼豊国画(年玉印)
一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)
香蝶楼豊国画(年玉印)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、渡辺
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