Spring Colors on the Sumida River (Shunshoku Sumidagawa): Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô V (L)

初代中村福助 三代目岩井粂三郎 五代目坂東彦三郎 「春色隅田川」

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ise-Yoshi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 75.2 cm (14 1/8 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44221a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

見立

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰十二
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