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Three Actors at a Boating Party on the Sumida River

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Triptych: 21.7497 (left), 21.7498 (center), 21.7499 (right) 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.


Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet) 清長画


Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

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William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1789 (Tenmei 9/Kansei 1)

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Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0889; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #120, and pls. 57-9


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.3 x 76.3 cm (15 1/16 x 30 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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