Actor Nakamura Sankô I, aka Matsue, from Kamigata, Greeting the Audience (kôjô)

「下り 松江事 中村三光」(初代) 口上図

Japanese
Edo period
1822 (Bunsei 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Izutsuya Shôkichi, Japanese


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.3 x 25.6 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39462

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Oku Dôsha Bandô Junrei
Theater: Nakamura
群客坂東頌(おくどうしゃばんどうじゅんれい)
 中村

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画

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: 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