Sightseeing at a Flourishing Theater (Han'ei shibai kenbutsu): Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V, Iwai Kumesaburô III (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Ichikawa Ichizô III, and Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (L)

「繁栄戯場見物」 坂東彦三郎」(五代目)、「岩井粂三郎」(三代目)  「河原崎権十郎」(初代)、「市川市蔵」(三代目)、「市村羽左衛門」(十三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.2 x 49.1 cm (13 7/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40873a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Probably two right sheets of a triptych.

Signed

Konomi ni makase Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

任好豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 8 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉八改
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: January 19, 2005)

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