First Gathering of Actors for the Kaomise Performances at the Great Theaters of Edo (Edo ôshibai kaomise kyôgen sôza chû yorizome no zu)

「江都大芝居顔見世狂言惣座中寄初之図」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1784 (Tenmei 4)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Tôbu bijutsukan, Edo no hana kabuki-e ten (1999), #33; Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), p. 29, fig. 2; Kobe City Art Mus., Megane-e to Tôkaidô (1984), #21; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #554, and pl. 178; Hirano, Kiyonaga (1939), #691

Dimensions

Horizontal double ôban; 32.3 x 44.7 cm (12 11/16 x 17 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.20244

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.658, 11.20244

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

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