First Play of the Stage-opening Performance at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za butai hiraki kyôgen shisome no zu): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Sanbasô, with Seki Sanjûrô III, Bandô Hikosaburô IV, and Iwai Shijaku I as Musicians

市村座舞台開狂言仕初之図  「関三十郎」(三代目)、三番叟「中村歌右エ門」(四代目)、「坂東彦三郎」」(四代目)、「岩井紫若」(初代)

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.22245

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.22244 (right sheet), 11.22245 (left sheet), 11.43385a-c (complete triptych)

Signed

Ôju Kunisada ga

応需国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame

改印:極

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