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Backstage at the Ichimura Theater (Ichimura-za gakuya no zu)

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Triptych: 11.22785 (right), 11.22787 (left), 11.22795 (center) Actor Seki Sanjûrô II, Musician Tomimoto Yamatotayû, Actor Arashi Konogorô, Musician Tomimoto Buzendayû, Actors Fujima Kanjûrô, Iwai Kumesaburô II, Arashi Hinasuke III, Seki Matsusaburô, Ichikawa Matugorô, Ichikawa...

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Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: Tsuruya Kinsuke (on right sheet) 改印: 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


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.5 cm (14 3/8 x 28 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.22785, 11.22787, 11.22795

Medium or Technique

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