Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as Azuma of the Fujiya (R), Sawamura Tosshô II as Yamazakiya Yogorô, Ichikawa Kobunji I as Gomizaka Gonbei (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nuregami Chôgorô (L)

「藤屋あづま 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「山崎屋与五郎 沢村訥升」(二代目)、「ごみ坂権兵へ 市川小文次」(初代)  「ぬれ髪長五郎 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 9th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.21549-51

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21549 (center), 11.21550 (right), 11.21551 (left)

Play: Futatsu Chô Iro no Dekiaki
Theater: Morita
双蝶色成曙(ふたつちょういろのできあき)
 守田

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)
国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 9 aratame
Blockcutter's marks: Katada Hori Chô (on right sheet), Hori Chô (on center and left sheets)
Artist's seal: toshidama
改印:子九改
彫師:片田彫長 彫長

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