Temporary Quarters in the Southeast for the Pleasure Village of Flowers (Hana no irozato tatsumi no karitaku): Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV as a Local Youth (L), Sawamura Tanosuke III as a Courtesan (C), and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as a Customer

「花の色里巽の借宅」 四代目市村家橘の地回りの若者  三代目沢村田之助の遊女  初代河原崎権十郎の客

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 3rd month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Shimaya Tetsuya, Blockcutter Tanaka Hori Ushi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû II (2010), #92

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41752a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The title refers to the temporary transfer of the Yoshiwara to Fukagawa after a fire in the first month of the year. Three prominent actors, who did not actually perform together that year, are shown in an imaginary street scene in the relocated pleasure quarter.

Signed

Kunichika ga (on each sheet)

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 3 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ushi

改印:子三改
彫師:彫牛

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