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Backstage at the Season Opening Performance of the Morita Theater, a Triptych (Morita-za kaomise gakuya no zu, sanmai tsuzuki)

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Triptych: 11.15918 (right), 11.15919 (left), 11.15920 (center) MFA impressions: 11.15918-20 (complete triptych), 11.39449a-b (two left sheets only) Actors Sanokawa Hanatsuma IV, Ichikawa Yaozô IV, Sakata Kinzô, Sawamura Tôzaburô, Musician Tokiwazu Komojidayû, Actors Iwai Hanshirô V,...

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Inscription

「先達而森田座楽屋錦絵出板不仕候ニ付当顔見勢狂言の楽屋之図奉入御覧候猶又中村座市村座ハ春狂言にて出板仕候間不相替御求御評判宜敷奉願上候」

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga (on right sheet); Kunisada ga (on center and left sheets) 五渡亭国貞画 国貞画

Marks

彫工萩原浪次郎

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1812 (Bunka 9), 11th month

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.1 x 78 cm (15 3/8 x 30 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15918-20

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints