Actors Sawamura Tosshô I as Komachiya Sôshichi (R), Iwai Tojaku I as Hakata Kojorô (C), and Ichikawa Ebizô V as Kezori Kuemon (L)

「小町や宗七 沢村訥升」(初代) 「はかた小女郎 岩井杜若」(初代) 「毛そり九右衛門 市川海老蔵」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1840 (Tenpô 11), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 76.5 cm (14 5/8 x 30 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.43455a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.43454a-c (1837 edition), 11.43455a-c (1840 edition, with new right sheet)

Play (second feature): Koi no Minato Hakata no Hitofushi
Play (main feature): Gion Sairei Shinkôki
Theater: Nakamura

Inscription

11.43455aの<1>沢村 訥升は、11.43454aの<5>市川団蔵の首をすげ替えて、役者絵名を埋木したもの。

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)

五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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