Actors Seki Sanjûrô III as Kouta Hachibei, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Hairdresser (Motoyiya) Bunshichi (R), Bandô Mitsugorô VI as the Geisha Osaki (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the Farmer (Hyakushô) Ichibei (L)

「小唄八兵衛 関三十郎」(三代目)、「元結屋文七 市村家橘」(四代目)  「けいしやお崎 坂東三津五郎」(六代目)  「百姓市兵衛 市川小団次」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Daikokuya Heikichi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38742a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Ninjô Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi
Theater: Ichimura
人情噺文七元結(にんじょうばなしぶんしちもっとい)
市村
元治01 (1864)・04・

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Nidaime Hori Take
改印:子四改
彫師:二代目彫竹

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