Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Hanako (R), Seki Sanjûrô III as Utayamabô, Ichikawa Danzô as Sanzarubô (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV as the Shirabyôshi Dancer Sakurako (L)

「白ひやうし花子 河原崎権十郎」(初代) 「歌山坊 関三十郎」三代目)、「三猿坊 市川団蔵」(六代目) 「白ひやうし桜子 中村芝翫」(四代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 × 72.5 cm (14 × 28 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38746a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:戌九改
彫師:なし

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: January 19, 2005)

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