Actors in Kanjinchô: Ichikawa Kuzô II as Togashi no Saemon (R), Ichikawa Ebizô V as Musashibo Benkei (C), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Minamoto no Yoshitsune (L); with Onoe Kikushirô as Soldier (Bansotsu) Hyôdô, Yamashita Mansaku as Soldier Gondô, and Ichikaw

右 「元祖市川団十郎 百九十年の寿 歌舞伎十八番の内 勧進帳 河原崎座ニて興行仕候」「市川海老蔵」(五代目市川海老蔵の弁慶) 中 「喜? ありかたき 江戸の恵みの御贔屓が 勧進てうど 百九十年」 左 「富樫左衛門 市川九蔵」(二代目)、「番卒兵藤 尾上菊四郎」、「同 権藤 山下萬作」、「同 伴藤 市川箱猿」、「伊勢の三郎 市川赤猿」、「駿河の次郎 市川海猿」、「片岡八郎  市川黒猿」、「常陸坊海尊 佐の川市蔵」、「源の義経 市川団十郎」(八代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1840 (Tenpô 11), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Kawaguchiya Shôzô (Shôeidô, Eisendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 100-2753 (R), 100-2754 (C), 100-2755 (L); 201-0931 (R), 201-0932 (C), 201-0933 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.5 x 77.4 cm (14 3/4 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.38466a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.38466a-c, 11.38529a-c

Play (interval): Kanjinchô
Play (main feature): Sanmon Gosan no Kiri
Theater: Kawarazaki

The first performance of this very famous kabuki play, adapted from an earlier Nô play.
勧進帳(かんじんちょう)
楼門五山桐(さんもんごさんのきり)
 河原崎

Inscription

「喜? ありかたき 江戸の恵みの御贔屓が 勧進てうど 百九十年」

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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: January 19, 2005)

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