Announcement of the First Performance at the Sawamura Theater (Sawamura-za butai-biraki kôjô): Actors Sawamura Tanosuke III (R), Sawamura Tosshô II, with Sawamura Hyakunosuke I (C), and Nakamura Shikan IV (L)

「沢村座舞台開口上」 「中村芝翫」(四代目)、「沢村訥升」(二代目)、「沢村田之助」 (三代目)、沢村百之助

Japanese
Meiji era
1874 (Meiji 7), 11th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 120-0114 (R), 120-0115 (C), 120-0116 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41774a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The date seal is blank, but the theater opened in 1874. It was not financially successful and closed soon afterward.

Signed

Ôju Toyohara Kunichika hitsu

応需豊原国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: (blank)
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei

改印:(空)
彫師:渡辺彫栄

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