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Actors Viewing Cherry Blossoms

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Tetraptych, from right to left: 11.35468, 11.35469, 11.35470, 11.35471 Actors, from right: (1) Nakamura Matsue III, Arashi Sangorô III, and Nakamura Utaemon III; (2) Fujikawa Kaya II, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Arashi Danpachi I, and Kataoka Korokurô I; (3) Asao Kuzaemon I, Ichikawa Ebijûrô I,...

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Signed

Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (on each sheet) 春好斎北洲画

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1819 (Bunsei 2), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 88; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #076

Dimensions

Vertical ôban tetraptych

Accession Number

11.35468-71

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints