Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Inanoya Hanbei (R), Matsumoto Somegorô I as the Porter (Hakomochi) Kisuke, Iwai Kumesaburô II as Inaba Kôzô, Actually (Jitsu wa) the Geisha Kohina, an unidentified actor (C), and Iwai Shijaku I as Zenjibô (L)

「稲の谷半兵衛 関三十郎」(二代目) 「箱持喜助 松本染五郎」(初代)、「稲葉幸蔵実ハ芸者小雛 岩井粂三郎」(二代目) 「禅師坊 岩井紫若」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1826 (Bunsei 9), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Matsumura Tatsuemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.6 x 79.8 cm (14 13/16 x 31 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43411a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Soga Nakamura Aki no Torikomi
Theater: Nakamura

Inscription

「ねんねが子もりはどこへいたあの山こへてしらなみやはてはあくたの水のあわ」。画中の屏風には「.裙模様奥津白浪<つまもやふおきつしらなみ> 絵入よみ本 鶴屋南北作 歌川国貞画 右此狂言の正本絵入ニ仕当秋よりうり出し候間もよりの本屋にて御求御一らん可下候 以上?」「十二童亀岳写」とあり。
「きへてながるゝゑだ川に★なさけなやしのべとはるゝ月のふね」
「またのたまたにせかるゝかげはあのむらくものうきおもひそれもうつゝかあいらしくいわけなき子のなにをかたるや」

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