Flourishing Business at a Major Theater (Ôshibai han'ei no zu)

「大芝居繁栄之図」

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nôshûya Yasubei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #23 (with a different center sheet)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 73.5 cm (14 1/8 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26940-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.26940 (right), 11.26941 (center), 11.26942 (left)

MFA impressions (with different center sheets): 11.26940-2, 11.44224a-c
 見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and center sheets), Ichiyôsai Hinashi Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠) 一陽斎雛師豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:未六改
彫師:なし

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