Night Scene of the Flowers of Edo (Edo no hana yoru no fûkei): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (R), Bandô Shûka I (C) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (L)

「江戸の花夜の風景」 八代目市川団十郎 初代坂東しうか 四代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 73.2 cm (14 x 28 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44032a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The three actors appeared together at the Ichimura Theater in 1848. This print appears to be an imaginary scene from private life, rather than a scene from a play.

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga (on right and center sheets), Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

応需豊国画 梓元の応需豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark

改印:村松、吉村
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