Three Actors at a Boating Party on the Sumida River

三俳優隅田川船遊び

Japanese
Edo period
about 1789 (Tenmei 9/Kansei 1)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0889; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #120, and pls. 57-9

Dimensions

Cut from two sheets of a vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 × 38.9 cm (14 5/16 × 15 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.20245

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14001-3, 11.20245 (fragments of two sheets), 21.7497-9

The actors are Ichikawa Komazô II, Iwai Hanshirô V, and Sawamura Sôjûrô III. The crane crest on the lanterns may indicate that the pubilsher was Tsuruya.

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

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: August 3, 1911)

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