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Backstage at a Theater in Dôtonbori, Ôsaka (Ôsaka Dôtonbori shibai gakuya no zu)

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Actors Bandô Mitsuemon I, Asao Tamejûrô III, Ichikawa Danzô V, Nakamura Utaemon III, Bandô Mitsugorô III, Kiriyama Monji III, Nakamura Utashichi II, Arashi Shôroku IV, Nakamura Matsue III, Matsumoto Kôshirô V, Ichikawa Komazô V (R); Arashi Mitsugorô III, Mimasu Daigorô III, Nakayama...

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「此外表方ぶたいさじき等のおもむきは種彦作絵ざうし正本じたて五編目へかきあらはし御覧に入れ奉り候」。 「[先年]三芝居楽屋の図歌川国貞画をもつて出板仕候処ことのほか御評判にあつかり難有仕合奉存候 然ル処右国貞此度上坂仕候ニ付彼地の御みやげに道頓堀芝居楽屋のおもむきを又候続絵にしたゝめ奉入御覧候 この外江戸芝居顔見勢当りふるまひ初午まつり花見天神祭本よみ附たて稽古惣ざらひ等の図追々出板仕候間 不相替御求御評判の程奉希候 はん元西村屋」


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


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1821–22 (Bunsei 4–5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #34; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 5, Victoria and Albert Museum II (1987), pl. 22; Keyes, PMA Osaka cat. (1973), #250 and pl. 15


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.8 x 76.8 cm (14 1/8 x 30 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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