///Utagawa Kunisada. Backstage at a Theater in Ôsaka. 1821.

Utagawa Kunisada. Backstage at a Theater in Ôsaka. 1821.

ARTIST: Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1786–1864

PUBLISHER: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô)

DATE: Edo period, about 1821–22 (Bunsei 4–5)
SIGNED: Gototei Kunisada ga (on center sheet) 五渡亭国貞画
MARKS: Censor’s seal: kiwame 改印: 極
Backstage at a Theater in Dôtonbori, Ôsaka (Ôsaka Dôtonbori shibai gakuya no zu): Actors Bandô Mitsuemon I, Asao Tamejûrô III, Ichikawa Danzô V, Nakamura Utaemon III, Bandô Mitsugorô III (in costume of Matsuômaru), 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 Bunshichi III, Ichikawa Ichizô II, Bandô Minosuke II, Ichikawa Omezô I, Arashi Kitsusaburô I, Nakamura Utaroku I, Kataoka Nizaemon VII, Ôtani Tomoemon III, Asao Yûjirô I (C); Asao Kuzaemon I, Arashi Hidenosuke III, Sawamura Gennosuke II, Iwai Ôginosuke, Sawamura Kunitarô II, Iwai Matsunosuke I, Ichikawa Sôzaburô IV, Iwai Hanshirô V (in costume of Sakuramaru), and Ichikawa Shinzô III (L). The actors are making up for a performance of the “Carriage-Stopping” scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami (Sugawara Denju and the Secrets of Calligraphy)

MFA ACCESSION NUMBER: 11.43384a-c
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 (The theatrical world of Osaka prints, by Roger S. Keyes and Keiko Mizushima, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973), pp. 70-71).

SKU: SVJP-0222 Category:

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Artist

Utagawa Kunisada

Country

Japan

Publisher

Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô)

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