Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Ranmaru (R), Bandô Mitsugorô III as Harunaga (C), and Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Mitsuhide (L)

「らん丸 関三十郎」(二代目)   「はる長 坂東三津五郎」 (三代目)  「光ひで 松本幸四郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1817 (Bunka 14), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 001-0311 (R, green ground), 100-5766 (R, white ground), 100-5767 (C, white ground), 100-5768 (L, white ground)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.8 x 75.4 cm (14 1/2 x 29 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21649-51

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21649 (left), 11.21650 (right), 11.21651 (center)

Unidentified publisher’s mark.

Play: Kotoba no Hana Tsuki mo Mitsuhide
Theater: Nakamura
連歌月光秀(ことばのはなつきもみつひで)
 中村、一番目三立目

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

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: 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