In the Great City of Edo, Three Flourishing Businesses Each Make One Thousand Gold Pieces a Day... (Ô-Edo nichinichi sanzenryô han'ei no tameichi Daikyô sho): Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Soga no Gorô

「大江戸日日三千両繁栄之為市大喬書」 初代河原崎権十郎の五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Maruya Tokuzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-233

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

00.791

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Mitate.
The first part of the inscription on the fan refers to the three institutions in the city of Edo that were said to be so prosperous that they made a thousand gold pieces every day: the fish market, the Yoshiwara, and the kabuki theater. The last few words have not yet been interpreted. The title suggests that the work might be from a series, with two other sheets representing the fish market and the Yoshiwara, but no others are known.

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 11 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Kane
改印:未十一改
彫師:彫兼

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock