Pine, from the series Three Paragons of the Modern World (Tôsei sangokushi), pun on Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi): Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III (R), Nakamura Shikan IV (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (L)

「当世三極志」 松 三代目市川市蔵 四代目中村芝翫 初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 6th month


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #11

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 75 cm (14 5/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.44308a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.29143-5, *11.29750 (left sheet only; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.44308a-c
 見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino (on center sheet)
改印:申六改
彫師:彫巳の

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