Assortment of Ladies for His Lordship, an Imaginary Scene (Tonoko mitate hime soroe): Actors Onoe Kikujirô II, Ichikawa Ichizô III, Ichikawa Shinsha I (R); Sawamura Tanosuke III, Nakamura Fukusuke I, Onoe Kikugorô IV (C); Iwai Kumesaburô III, Kawarazaki G

「とのこ見立 姫揃」 二代目尾上菊次郎、三代目市川市蔵、初代市川新車  三代目沢村田之助、初代中村福助、四代目尾上菊五郎  三代目岩井粂三郎、初代河原崎権十郎、六代目坂東三津五郎、初代中村鶴蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ômiya Kyûjirô (Kiyûdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 49.2 cm (14 x 19 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.29807, 11.45285a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29807 (left sheet), 11.45285a-b (right and center sheets)

MFA impressions: 11.29807VR (11.29807, 11.45285a-b), *11.43596a-c (deaccessioned in 2012)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Masa (on center sheet)
改印:未十改
彫師:彫工政

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: August 3, 1911)

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