Night Scene of the Flowers of Edo (Edo no hana yoru no fûkei): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (R), Bandô Shûka I (C) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (L)
「江戸の花夜の風景」 八代目市川団十郎 初代坂東しうか 四代目中村歌右衛門
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 73.2 cm (14 x 28 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The three actors appeared together at the Ichimura Theater in 1848. This print appears to be an imaginary scene from private life, rather than a scene from a play.
Ôju Toyokuni ga (on right and center sheets), Hanmoto no ôju Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection