Actors Ôtani Tomoemon II as Shigetamaro Junki, Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Hakone no Tojibô, and Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Teraoka Heiemon, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「大谷家系譜」「重太丸純基 二代目大谷友右衛門」(二代目大谷友右衛門)、「箱根の閉坊 三代目大谷友右衛門」(四代目大谷友右衛門)、「寺岡平右衛門 当時 大谷友松」 (初代大谷友松)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hirookaya Kôsuke (Kikujudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 82, #73

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 25.1 cm (14 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45392.69

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Album in two volumes:
Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47
Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97

Inscription

画中「初代友右衛門門人 初谷村虎蔵 改二代目友右衛門 俳名此友 家名明石屋」(二代目大谷友右衛門)、「二代目友右衛門門弟 初名大谷福蔵 又万作 後三代目友右衛門 家号明石屋楽猿」(箱根の閉坊<4>大谷友右衛門)、「三代目友右衛門男 俳名紫升」(初代大谷友松)

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche
七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥九改
彫師:なし

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: 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection