Actor Nakamura Utaemon III as the Monkey Trainer Yojirô, from the series Great Hit Plays (Ôatari kyôgen no uchi)

「大当狂言ノ内 与次郎」 三代目中村歌右衛門

Japanese
Edo period
about 1814–15 (Bunka 11–12)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #49; Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), #53; Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #147

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.9 x 26.2 cm (15 5/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15095

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Utaemon III played the role of Yojirô at the Nakamura Theater in the plays Koro mo Yayoi Hanago no Keizu in 1808 (Bunka 5) and Hade Sugata Meibutsu-ganoko in 1810 (Bunka 7).

「大当狂言」は文化後期のシリーズ。文化12年頃ヵ(新藤説)。
 文化5年4月12日中村座「頃☆花児譜」二番目大切「堀川の段」(義太夫)に取材したものだが、本図の作成期は異なる。文化5年の外にも、文化7年1月中村座「艶容姿名物鹿子」で<3>中村歌右衛門は与次郎を演じているのでその上演を踏まえた可能性もあり。

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: 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