Backstage at the Nakamura Theater in Sakai-chô, a Triptych (Sakai-chô Nakamura-za gakuya no zu, sanmaitsuzuki)

「さかい町中村座楽屋之図 三枚続」 右 「[尾上小の蔵]」、「市川おの江」(初代) 、「市川助蔵」、「坂東簑助」(二代目)、「尾上栄三郎」(二代目)、「市川他蔵」、「坂東三津五郎」(三代目)、「中村七三郎」(四代目)、「★左福太郎」、「市川長五郎」、「瀬川吉之助」、「瀬川菊五郎」、「沢村☆蔵」、「坂東大吉」(初代)、「中村明石」(四代目)、「市川の助」、「沢村源平」(初代)、「市川千之助」 中 「坂東伝三郎」、「尾上松助」(二代目)、「沢村芝蔵」、「坂東新作」、「沢村金平」(二代目)、「市川

Japanese
Edo period
1813 (Bunka 10), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hinohara, Utagawa Kunisada (Ôta Mus., 2016), pp. 104-5; Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #96; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), p. 22, fig. 3; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 11 (1982), #35

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.7 cm (14 3/8 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.22782, 11.22793, 11.22796

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.22782 (left), 11.22793 (center), 11.22796 (right)

MFA impressions: RES.50.118-20, 11.22782VR (11.22782, 11.22793, 11.22796)

Actors Onoe Shônozô, Ichikawa Onoe I, Ichikawa Sukezô, Bandô Minosuke II, Onoe Eizaburô II, Ichikawa Tazô, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Nakamura Shichisaburô IV, [illegible] Fukutarô, Ichikawa Chôgorô, Segawa Kichinosuke, Segawa Kikugorô, Sawamura [illegible] …zô, Bandô Daikichi I, Nakamura Akashi IV, Ichikawa Nosuke, Sawamura Genpei I, Ichikawa Ichinosuke (R);
Bandô Denzaburô, Onoe Matsusuke II, Sawamura Shibazô, Bandô Shinsaku, Sawamura Kinpei II, Ichikawa Tsurusaburô, Ichikawa Tomozô II, Sawamura Utagorô, Bandô Kumahei I, Nakamura Tôzô II, Ichiyama Fujizô, Suketakaya Ginpachi, Mimasu Miyozô, Sawamura Eikichi, Ichikawa Ichizô I, Ichiyama Shichizô II, Nakajima Momoemon, Ichikawa Oguma, Segawa Tamon (C);
Sengoku Hikosuke, Nakamura Yonejirô, Segawa Ginjirô, Arashi Wakano, Suketakaya Takasuke II, Yamashita Yaozô II, Nakayama Hikojirô, Segawa Hamajirô, Sawamura Sôtarô, Sawamura Tanosuke II, Suketakaya Kingorô I, Musician Tokiwazu Kanedayû, and Actor Ichikawa [illegible] (L)
 [画題等][役者配役]☆は金偏に丸旁。[画題等]周囲裁断部分は都立中央図書館蔵577-C010で補う。

Inscription

「図上にもれたる人物あまた御座候ともこと/"\く云尽しがたく追々後の発行に差出し可申候不相替[御贔屓御評判之程奉希候]」

Signed

Kunisada ga (on right and center sheets), Kinraisha Kunisada gazu (on left sheet)
国貞画 琴雷舎国貞画(貞三升印)

Markings

Blockcutter's mark: Horikô ...

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