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

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.3 x 76.3 cm (15 1/16 x 30 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.7497-9

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 21.7497 (left), 21.7498 (center), 21.7499 (right)

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 (on each sheet)
清長画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection