Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Usui no Sadamitsu (R), Bandô Mitsugorô IV as Watanabe no Tsuna (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III in a Quick-change Role (Hayagawari) as Shôguntarô Yoshikado (L)

「碓井ノ貞光 関三十郎」(二代目) 「渡辺の綱 坂東三津五郎」(四代目) 「此所早変り 将軍太郎良門 尾上菊五郎」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1832 (Tenpô 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Moritaya Hanzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 32.9 x 67.5 cm (12 15/16 x 26 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43399a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Bandô Musha Tsuna ga Tehajime
Theater: Ichimura

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