Three Actors at a Boating Party on the Sumida River
about 1789 (Tenmei 9/Kansei 1)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)
Hirano 1939, #0889; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #120, and pls. 57-9
Vertical ôban triptych; 38.3 x 76.3 cm (15 1/16 x 30 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet)
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.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection