Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Kamuro Tayori (R), Nakamura Shikan IV as Naniwa no Jirosaku (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Azuma no Yoshirô (L)

「禿たより 沢村田之助」(三代目) 「浪花ノ次郎作 中村芝翫」(四代目)  「吾妻ノ与四郎 河原崎権十郎」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 74.5 cm (14 1/8 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44335a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play (finale of Part 2): Modorikago Iro ni Aigata
Play (main feature): Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 11 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô (on center and left sheets)

改印:酉十一改
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