A Roof-raising Ceremony on an Auspicious Day (Kisshin medetai muneage no zu): Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III, Nakamura Shikan IV (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (C), Ichikawa Ichizô III, and Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I) (L)

「吉辰目出度上棟之図」 三代目沢村 田之助、四代目中村 芝翫  初代河原崎権十郎、四代目市川小団次  三代目市川市蔵、4.5代目尾上梅幸

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.4 x 75.8 cm (14 3/4 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15822-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15822 (left), 11.15823 (center), 11.15824 (right)

The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.
 見立

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and center sheets), Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on left sheet)
任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:申九改
彫師:横川彫竹

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