Backstage at the Season Opening Performance of the Morita Theater, a Triptych (Morita-za kaomise gakuya no zu, sanmai tsuzuki)

「森田座顔見世楽屋之図 三枚続」 右 「佐の川花妻」(四代目)、「市川八百蔵」(四代目)、「坂田金蔵」、「沢村東三郎」、「常磐津小文字太夫」、「岩井半四郎」(五代目)、「市川団作」(初代)、「市川升三郎」、「森田勘弥」(九代目)、「市川松太郎」、「嵐新平」(三代目)、「市川宗三郎」(四代目)、「市川門三郎」(二代目)、「市川平次郎」、「坂東三木蔵」、「岩井亀次郎」、「岩井滝次郎」、「尾上仙蔵」、「岩井松之助」(初代)、「市川団兵衛」 中 「市川新蔵」(三代目)、「中村大吉」(初代)、「松本小

Japanese
Edo period
1812 (Bunka 9), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Gifu-ken Hakubutsukan, Shichidaime Danju¯ro¯ to Kunisada, Kuniyoshi (2001), #13

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.1 x 78 cm (15 3/8 x 30 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15918-20

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15918 (right), 11.15919 (left), 11.15920 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.15918-20 (complete triptych), *11.39449a-b (two left sheets only; deaccessioned in 2012)

Actors Sanokawa Hanatsuma IV, Ichikawa Yaozô IV, Sakata Kinzô, Sawamura Tôzaburô, Musician Tokiwazu Komojidayû, Actors Iwai Hanshirô V, Ichikawa Dansaku I, Ichikawa Sanzaburô, Morita Kan’ya IX, Ichikawa Matsutarô, Arashi Shinbei III, Ichikawa Sôzaburô IV, Ichikawa Monzaburô II, Ichikawa Heijirô, Bandô Mikizô, Iwai Kamejirô, Iwai Tatsujirô, Onoe Senzô, Iwai Mzatsunosuke I, Ichikawa Danbei (R);
Ichikawa Shinzô III, Nakamura Daikichi I, Matsumoto Kojirô I, Onoe Shôroku I, Bandô Otohei, Kiriyama Monji III, Ichikawa Kurizô, Sawamura Kinoji, Bandô Momotarô, Ogawa Jûtarô, Sawamura Kawazô, Sawamura Shirôgorô II, Ichikawa Sankichi, Ichikawa Yonezô, Matsumoto Yasohachi, Bandô Kunizô, Nakajima Kanzô, Matsumoto Torazô I, Kirishima Giemon I, Iwai Tokujirô, Iwai Kiyotarô III, and Iwai Umezô (C);
Matsumoto Kôshirô V, Nakayama Kamesaburô I, Ichikawa Danjûrô VII, Bandô Zenji II, Bandô Tsurujirô, Arashi Yasaburô, Iwai Yoshinosuke, Sanokawa Sakijirô, Arashi Mankichi, Matsumoto Yonesaburô II, Sakata Jinkichi, Ichikawa Danshichi, Ichikawa Jungorô, and Ichikawa Narizô (L)

Inscription

「先達而森田座楽屋錦絵出板不仕候ニ付当顔見勢狂言の楽屋之図奉入御覧候猶又中村座市村座ハ春狂言にて出板仕候間不相替御求御評判宜敷奉願上候」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on right sheet); Kunisada ga (on center and left sheets)
五渡亭国貞画 国貞画

Markings

彫工萩原浪次郎

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