Viewing Fireflies in the Cool of the Evening

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Viewing Fireflies in the Cool of the Evening

by Utagawa Kunisada, 1859

IHL Cat. #955

About This Print

Five actors portrayed before a rimpa-stye stream enjoying the evening's delights. The MFA, Boston which has the right panel of this triptych in its collection, identifies the two actors in the right panel as
Nakamura Fukusuke I 初代中村福助 and Iwai Kumesaburō III 三代目岩井粂三郎.  It is unknown whether this scene is imaginary or depicts the actors in a particular play.

The Actors Pictured in This Collection's Print

For profiles of the actors depicted in this print please see the article The Kabuki Actor.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #955
Viewing Fireflies in the Cool of the Evening (Hotarubi no Yūsuzumi 蛍見之夕涼)
 Series n/a
 Utagawa Kunisada I (1786–1865)
Toyokuni ga 豊国 画  within Toshidama cartouche (all three sheets)

 Seal Toshidama 年玉枠 cartuoche
 Publication Date
May 1859 Goat 5 aratame Ansei 6 (all three sheets)
Iseyoshi イセ芳 (all three sheets) [Marks: seal 25-013; pub. ref. U095]
Tsuge Shōjirō (Hori Shōji) (all three sheets)

 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -
 Genre ukiyo-e; yakusha-e
 Format oban triptych
 H x W Paper 14 1/4 x 9 3/4 (36.2 x 24.8 cm) each sheet
 Collections This Print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.40757 (right panel only)

 Reference Literature