Backstage at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za gakuya no zu)

「市村座楽屋之図」 右 「関三十郎」(二代目)、「大和太夫」、「嵐此五郎」、「豊前太夫」、「岩井粂三郎」(二代目)、「嵐雛助」(三代目)、「関松三郎」、「市川松五郎」、「市川朝太郎」、「尾上雷太」、「市川団之助」(三代目) 中 「花井生五郎」、「坂東吉次郎」、「浅尾万吉」、「市川三吉」、「市川清次郎」、「瀬川吉之助」、「藤川友吉」(二代目)、「尾上雷助」(初代)、「市村竹三郎」、「浅尾国蔵」、「嵐竜蔵」、「嵐勇次郎」(初代)、「中山岩次郎」 左 「市川芳三郎」、「中山門三」(初代)、

Japanese
Edo period
1811 (Bunka 8), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.5 cm (14 3/8 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22785, 11.22787, 11.22795

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.22785 (right), 11.22787 (left), 11.22795 (center)

Actor Seki Sanjûrô II, Musician Tomimoto Yamatotayû, Actor Arashi Konogorô, Musician Tomimoto Buzendayû, Actors Fujima Kanjûrô, Iwai Kumesaburô II, Arashi Hinasuke III, Seki Matsusaburô, Ichikawa Matugorô, Ichikawa Asatarô, Onoe Raita, Ichikawa Dannosuke III (R);
Hanai Ikugorô, Bandô Kichijirô, Asao Mankichi, Ichikawa Sankichi, Ichikawa Seijirô, Segawa Kichinosuke, Fujikawa Tomokichi II, Onoe Raisuke I, Ichimura Takesaburô, Asao Kunizô, Arashi Ryûzô, Asao Yûjirô I, Nakayama Iwajirô (C);
Ichikawa Yoshisaburô, Nakayama Monzaburô I, Ichikawa Teruyo I, Arashi Gochizô, Matsumoto Hidejûrô, Hanai Saizaburô IV, Sakata Hannosuke, Bandô Daigorô, Yoshizawa Inazaburô, Azuma Tôzô IV, Matsumoto Tamasaburô, Ichikawa Hidenosuke, Ichikawa [illegible] (L)

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
五渡亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Tsuruya Kinsuke (on right sheet)
改印:鶴金

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