Actors Sawamura Kitô I as the Geisha Kikuno (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V as Sasano Sangobei (C), and Mimasu Daigorô IV as Katsuma Gengobei (L)

「芸子菊の」初代沢村其答  「笹野三五兵衛」五代目市川海老蔵  「勝間源五兵衛」四代目三枡大五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 4th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Kinkadô Konishi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #174

Dimensions

Vertical chûban triptych; 25 x 54 cm (9 13/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.35566a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Godairiki Koi no Fûjime
Theater: Chikugo
五大力恋緘(ごだいりきこいのふうじめ)
 筑後

Signed

Hirosada (on each sheet)
広貞

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