Actors Asao Tamejûrô I as Araki Murashige, Asao Kuzaemon I as Nozaki no Kyûsaku, and Asao Tamejûrô II as the Footman (Yakko) Ippei, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「古今俳優」「荒木村重 初代浅尾為十郎 俳名奥山」(初代浅尾為十郎)、「野崎の久作 初代浅尾工左衛門」(初代浅尾工左衛門)、「奴逸平 二代目浅尾為十郎」(二代目浅尾為十郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hirookaya Kôsuke (Japanese, 1828–1918)


Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 92, #83

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.79

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「浅尾十次郎弟子筋 幼名万吉 又為吉宝暦七丑年為十郎ト改 文化元子年没実悪名人 家号銭屋」(初代浅尾為十郎)、「初名中山太四郎ト云 初名奥山門ニ入工左衛門 鬼丸」(初代浅尾工左衛門)、「初代為十郎男 初名奥次郎 後二代目為十郎 俳名初山子 後奥山 家号銭屋早世」(二代目浅尾為十郎)

Signed

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

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 10 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥十改
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