Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za ôiri atari furumai gakuya no zu)

「市村座大入あたり振舞楽屋之図」 右 「松本幸四郎」(五代目)、「坂東大五郎」、「坂東三津五郎」(三代目)、「松本虎蔵」、「中山富三郎」(初代)、「吾妻藤蔵」(四代目)、「坂東簑助」(二代目)、「市川平次郎」、「市川栗蔵」、「市川芳三郎」、「市川団兵衛」、「市川米蔵」(二代目) 中 「市川団十郎」(七代目)、「市川宗三郎」(四代目)、「市川成蔵」、「坂東大吉」(初代)、「沢村歌五郎」、「市山富士蔵」、「沢村田之助」(二代目)、「市川団之助」(三代目)、「沢村金平」(二代目)、「沢村源平」(初

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


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #63; Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), p. 13, fig. 4, and #47; Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #24

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 73.7 cm (14 5/16 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.22783, 11.22788, 11.22792

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.22783 (left), 11.22788 (center), 11.22792 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.15921-3, 11.22783VR (11.22783, 11.22788, 11.22792), RES.50.90-1 (two left sheets only), 2009.5008.1a-c

Actors Matsumoto Kôshirô V, Bandô Daigorô, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Matsumoto Torazô, Nakayama Tomisaburô I, Azuma Fujizô IV, Bandô Minosuke II, Ichikawa Heijirô, Ichikawa Kurizô, Ichikawa Yoshisaburô, Ichikawa Danbei, Ichikawa Yonezô II (R);
Ichikawa Danjûrô VII, Ichikawa Sôzaburô IV, Ichikawa Seizô, Bandô Daikichi I, Sawamura Utagorô, Ichiyama Fujizô, Sawamura Tanosuke II, Ichikawa Dannosuke III, Sawamura Kinpei II, Sawamura Genpei I, Arashi Konogorô, Iwai Kumesaburô II, Arashi Shinbei III, Bandô Kumahei I, Segawa Tamon I (C);
Arashi Ryûzô, Sawamura Kiji, Onoe Raisuke I, Sawamura Shirogorô II, Ichikawa Denzô I, Sawamura Sôjûrô IV, Ichikawa Kumagorô, Ichikawa Tsunejirô, Segawa Rokô IV, Sawamura Sôtarô, Sawamura Kumazô (L)

Inscription

「あたりふるまひの楽屋あらましを入御覧候 此図上にもれたる役者は追々後篇に差出し御目にかけ可申候」

Signed

Kunisada ga (on right and center sheets), Ichiyûsai Kunisada ga (on left sheet)
国貞画 一雄斎国貞画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Tsuruya Kinsuke (on left sheet)
改印:極、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