Plum Blossoms at Their Height on a Spring Night: Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV, Sawamura Chôjûrô V, Seki Sanjûrô III

春宵梅の魁 四代目坂東彦三郎、五代目沢村長十郎、三代目関三十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1850–52 (Kaei 3–5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.8 cm (14 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40782

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych, with the title on the left sheet.

MFA impressions: 11.40782 (center sheet only), 2009.4992.2a-c (complete)

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga

香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、馬込、シタ売
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