The Paragon of Flowers, Plum Blossoms at Night (Yoru no ume hana no sakigake): Actors Nakamura Shikan IV (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III (C), and Ichikawa Ichizô III (L)

「夜の梅花の魁」 「春はやくけしき調ふ月と梅」 四代目中村芝翫  三代目岩井粂三郎  三代目市川市蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 12th month
Artist Shunpûsha (Japanese), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 012-0467 (R), 012-0468 (C), 012-0469 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 74.5 cm (14 1/8 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37490a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem: Haru hayaku / keshiki totonou/ tsuki to ume

Signed

Shunpûsha ga
春風舎画

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 12
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Sen
改印:午十二
彫師:彫工千

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