Backstage and Dressing Rooms (Odori keiyô gakuya no zu) (top); Backstage at a Newly Opened Theater (Odori keiyô nikai-iri no zu) (bottom): Actors Sawamura Tosshô II, Arashi Kichisaburô III, Bando Hikosaburô IV, Nakamura Fukusuke I, Iwai Kumesaburô III (T

a 二代目沢村訥升、三代目嵐吉三郎、四代目坂東彦三郎、初代中村福助、三代目岩井粂三郎 b  「踊形容楽屋之図(おどりけいようがくやのづ)」 七代目市川高麗蔵、二代目尾上菊次郎、?、三代目嵐璃寛、初代嵐吉六 c  初代大谷友松ヵ、初代中山市蔵、二代目中村桃三ヵ、初代嵐 冠五郎、初代中村鶴蔵 d  「踊形容新開入之図(おどりけいようにかいいりのづ)」 三代目中村大吉、十一代目森田勘弥、初代中村鴻蔵、二代目浅尾与六、二代目片岡我童 e  四代目尾上菊五郎、三代目関三十郎、初代中村翫太郎、十三代目市

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #65 (complete); Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #92 (complete); Tôbu bijutsukan, Edo no hana kabuki-e ten (1999), #133 (complete)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, two-tier hexaptych; 36.4 x 151.4 cm (14 5/16 x 59 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44200a-f

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.22366VR (11.22366, 11.22367, 11.22475; lower half), 11.28578-83 (upper half, 11.28578-80; lower half, 11.28581-3), 11.39669a-b (two right sheets of lower half), 11.44200a-f (complete)
a <2>沢村 訥升、<3>嵐 吉三郎、<4>坂東 彦三郎、<1>中村 福助、<3>岩井 粂三郎
b <7>市川 高麗蔵、<2>尾上 菊次郎、<>?、<3>嵐 璃寛、<1>嵐 吉六
c <1>大谷 友松ヵ、<1>中山 市蔵、<2>中村 桃三ヵ、<1>嵐 冠五郎、<1>中村 鶴蔵
d <3>中村 大吉、<11>森田 勘弥、<1>中村 鴻蔵、<2>浅尾 与六、<2>片岡 我童
e <4>尾上 菊五郎、<3>関 三十郎、<1>中村 翫太郎、<13>市村 羽左衛門、<1>坂東 竹三郎、<2>片岡 我当ヵ、<5>嵐 小六
f <4>市川 小団次、<5>市川 団之助、<1>河原崎 権十郎、<3>岩井 粂三郎

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 2
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、辰二
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