Actors Seki Sanjurô III as the Mother (Haha) Kataomoi, Onoe Baikô 4.6 (Kakunosuke) as the Younger Sister (Imôto) Benizara (L), Sawamura Tanosuke III as the Stepdaughter (Mamako) Kakezara (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kongôjin Jôroku (R)

「母かたおもひ 関三十郎」(三代目)、「妹紅ざら 尾上梅孝」(4.6代目)  「まゝ子かけさら 沢村田之助」(三代目)  「金剛神畳六 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 2nd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese, Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.3 x 75 cm (14 11/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.21383-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21383 (left), 11.21384 (center), 11.21385 (right)

The actor Onoe Kakunosuke used the name Onoe Baikô between 1864/2 and 1866/8 but is not recognized as an official member of the line. He is the second of the two unofficial holders of the name between Baikô IV and Baikô V.

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ei

改印:丑二改
彫師:彫栄

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