Actors with Lanterns and Cherry Blossoms: Bandô Mitsugorô III (R), Iwai Hanshirô V (C), and Onoe Eizaburô I (later Matsusuke II, Kikugorô III) (L)

三代目坂東三津五郎  五代目岩井半四郎  初代尾上栄三郎(=二代目尾上松助、三代目尾上菊五郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1809 (Bunka 6), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Kamaya Matabei (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.7 x 77.7 cm (15 1/4 x 30 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22814-6

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.22814 (left), 11.22815 (right), 11.22816 (center)

The actor Onoe Eizaburô I changed his name to Onoe Matsusuke II in 1809.11, to Onoe Baikô III in 1814.11, and to Onoe Kikugorô III in 1815.11 .

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame (on right and center sheets), Snake 10 (on right sheet only)
改印:極、巳十

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