Decorations for the Opening of the Theater Season in Saruwaka-machi (Saruwaka-machi kaomise kazarimono), from the series Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (Tôto meisho)

「東都名所 猿若町顔見世餝物」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #54.7, pl. 512; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), p. 69; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 244, horizontal ôban #64.04; Matsuki 1939, #55

Dimensions

Horizontal ôban; 25.8 x 37.7 cm (10 3/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.9888

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 21.9888, RES.49.103

There are two editions of this series, a first edition from the 1830s and a reprint edition with censorship seals of the 1840s.

Signed

Utagawa Hiroshige ga (on left banner)
歌川広重画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: Hiro (on lantern)
改印:衣笠、渡辺
彫師:なし

Provenance

May 1917, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection