Actors Onoe Kikujirô II as Konomuraya's Wife (Nyôbô) Okita (R), Iwai Shijaku I as Hikosô's Wife (Nyôbô) Otake, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Sôhachi's Daughter (Musume) Oryû (C), and Ichikawa Kuzô II as the Calligraphy Teacher (Tenarai shisô) Yamada Shôzô (L)

「小の村や女房お北 尾上菊次郎」(二代目)  「彦惣女房お竹 岩井紫若」(初代)、「惣八娘お柳 岩井粂三郎」(三代目)  「手習師匠山田庄蔵 市川九蔵」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kuniyoshi Project db

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 69.6 cm (13 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38509a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (second feature): Sono Samisen Homare no Takane
Play (main feature): Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Kawarazaki
其三味線誉高調(そのさみせんほまれのたかね
ひらかな盛衰記(ひらがなせいすいき)
河原崎、二番目
 1842、天保13、04・26

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

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: 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