Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Ichimura Theater

Accession Number

Backstage Celebrations of a Full-house Hit at the Ichimura Theater

Utagawa Kunisada

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

14 1/2 in x 9 13/16 in (36.83 cm x 24.92 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection

Subject matter
This print shows the interior of the Ichimura-za theatre, one of three kabuki theatres in Edo (Tokyo) and home to many famous kabuki actors. The theatre opened in 1667. It burned down and was rebuilt several times through the nineteenth and early twentieth century. However, after burning in 1932 it was never rebuilt.

Physical Description
Several men sit on a red mat in the center of the image, surrounded by movement. While they eat, behind them men are taking care of make-up, while in front others are busily moving equipment. Furniture and open boxes add to the business of the scene. Small blocks of text hovering nearby identify each individual.

This is the center panel of a triptych (with 1969/2.146 and 1969/2.148).

Inscriptions: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Publisher's seal); Kunisada ga (Artist's signature)

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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actors (performing artists)
theaters (institutions)

2 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)

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