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Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za ôiri atari furumai gakuya no zu)

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Triptych: 11.22783 (left), 11.22788 (center), 11.22792 (right) MFA impressions: 11.15921-3, 11.22783VR (11.22783, 11.22788, 11.22792), RES.50.90-1 (two left sheets only), 2009.5008.1a-c Actors Matsumoto Kôshirô V, Bandô Daigorô, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Matsumoto Torazô, Nakayama...

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「あたりふるまひの楽屋あらましを入御覧候 此図上にもれたる役者は追々後篇に差出し御目にかけ可申候」


Kunisada ga (on right and center sheets), Ichiyûsai Kunisada ga (on left sheet) 国貞画 一雄斎国貞画


Censor's seals: kiwame, Tsuruya Kinsuke (on left sheet) 改印: 極、鶴金


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

Japanese, Edo period, 1811 (Bunka 8), 11th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #24


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 73.7 cm (14 5/16 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.22783, 11.22788, 11.22792

Medium or Technique

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