Three Tipsy People Nowadays (Ryûkô sannin namayoi)
about 1855 (Ansei 2)
Attributed to Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889)
Kaikan sanjû shûnen kinen Kawanabe Kyôsai kinen bijutsukan cat. (2008), p. 129, #1113
Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.21963, 11.38648, 11.42040
Three types of drunks, at a banquet featuring a main dish of catfish, symbolize reactions to the earthquake: from right, the weepy drunk, the laughing drunk, and the angry drunk.
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection