Just a Few Words about the Dance to a Little Song (Chotto hitokuchi hauta no ateburi): Actors Bandô Mitsugorô VI, Ichikawa Sadanji I, Ichikawa Kakitsu IV, Ôtani Tomoenon V, Sawamura Tosshô II (R); Onoe Kikujirô II as the Wife of a Patron (Okyaku no inkyo)

「一寸一口端唄当振」 「坂東三津五郎」(六代目)、「市川左団次」(初代)、「市村家橘」(四代目)、「大谷友右衛門」(五代目)、「沢村訥升」 (二代目) 「お客の隠居」(二代目尾上菊次郎)、「お客の娘」(三代目沢村田之助)、「中村芝翫」(四代目)、「市川小半次」(初代)、「坂東彦三郎」(五代目) 「市川米升」、「市川九蔵」(三代目)、「河原崎権十郎」(初代)、「中村駒十郎」、「下り 中村福助」 (二代目)

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 2nd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-1552 (L), 007-1553 (C), 007-1554 (R); Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), pp. 236-7; Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 2 (1935), pp. 116-7

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41717a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 2 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:辰二改
彫師:なし

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