Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as Geisha Otano (R), Bandô Hikosaburô V as Ôtônai Narikage (C), and Sawamura Tosshô II as Carpenter (Daiku) Sumimage no Chôsaku (L)

「芸者小たの 沢村田之助」(三代目) 「大藤内成景 坂東彦三郎」(五代目) 「大工墨曲長作 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 73.3 cm (13 15/16 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44357a-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): Matsu Harete Iro no Narikage
Play (main feature): Sano Keizu Soga no Gosho-zome
Theater: Nakamura

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô

改印:戌正改
彫師: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: 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