Actors Iwai Kumesaburô II as Agemaki (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VII as Sukeroku (C), and Onoe Kikugorô III as Shinbei (L)

二代目岩井粂三郎の揚巻  八代目市川団十郎の助六  三代目尾上菊五郎の新兵衛

Japanese
Edo period
about 1823 (Bunsei 6)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #41; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #54; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #239 (L only); Bowie et al, Art of the Surimono (1979), #74 (C only); Crighton, The Floating World (1973), #I 62

Dimensions

Shikishiban triptych; 21.3 x 56.3 cm (8 3/8 x 22 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.7532-4

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 21.7532 (right), 21.7533 (center), 21.7534 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.26729-31, 21.7532-4

Poems translated in Izzard 1993, p. 121; Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 273 (L only); and Bowie et al. 1979, p. 124 (C only).

Inscription

Right: Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Hana-ayame/ Edo murasaki no/iro ito mo/ Naniwa no mizu ni/ musubu Agemaki

Center: Poem by Tsukushitei Waki no Aritake: Hachimaki ni/ Edo murasaki no/ yokogasumi/ ima zo Naniwa mo/ haru to naritaya

Left: Poem by Ryûkatei Fûshi Mizugaki: Iroka o ba/ hoka e yuzurite/ kono hana no/ aniki to miyuru/ Naniwazu no haru

Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Sanga no tsu/ ichi to mo hito no/ medeyasen/ Fuji no onoe ni/ yuki no shirozake

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
香蝶楼国貞画

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from L. E. Charnley; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection