Three Actors at a Boating Party on the Sumida River
about 1789 (Tenmei 9/Kansei 1)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)
Hirano 1939, #0889; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #120, and pls. 57-9
Cut from two sheets of a vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 × 38.9 cm (14 5/16 × 15 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.14001-3, 11.20245 (fragments of two sheets), 21.7497-9
The actors are Ichikawa Komazô II, Iwai Hanshirô V, and Sawamura Sôjûrô III. The crane crest on the lanterns may indicate that the pubilsher was Tsuruya.
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)
 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