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Backstage at the Nakamura Theater in Sakai-chô, a Triptych (Sakai-chô Nakamura-za gakuya no zu, sanmaitsuzuki)

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Triptych: 11.22782 (left), 11.22793 (center), 11.22796 (right) MFA impressions: RES.50.118-20, 11.22782VR (11.22782, 11.22793, 11.22796) Actors Onoe Shônozô, Ichikawa Onoe I, Ichikawa Sukezô, Bandô Minosuke II, Onoe Eizaburô II, Ichikawa Tazô, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Nakamura...

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Kunisada ga (on right and center sheets), Kinraisha Kunisada gazu (on left sheet) 国貞画 琴雷舎国貞画(貞三升印)


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, 1813 (Bunka 10), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, The Ear Catches the Eye (2001), #96; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), p. 22, fig. 3; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 11 (1982), #35


Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.7 cm (14 3/8 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.22782, 11.22793, 11.22796

Medium or Technique

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