Actors Onoe Baikô IV as Koshimoto Okaru (R), Bandô Takesaburô I as Hayano Kanpei (C), and Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Ichimonjiya Saihei (L)

「こし元おかる」四代目尾上梅幸  「早野勘平」初代坂東竹三郎   「一もんじや才兵衛」四代目坂東彦三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-1290 (R), 100-1291 (C), 100-1292 (L); Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (Akôshi, 2014), list #1-754 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.7 x 71.9 cm (14 1/16 x 28 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45468a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Yayoi no Hana Iroha no Honzetsu
Theater: Nakamura
宿花いろは本説(やよいのはないろはのほんぜつ)
中村
嘉永05 (1852)・03・

Identification of publisher is tentative.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 3, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、渡辺、子三、シタ売
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