Actors Asao Tamejûrô III as the Head Clerk (Bantô) Gihei, Asao Okuyama III as Shirakawa no Tankai, and Asao Tamejûrô IV as Sakurai Rinzaemon, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「似顔大全」「番頭義兵衛 三代目浅尾為十郎」(三代目浅尾為十郎)、「白川の湛海 四代目浅尾奥山」(三代目浅尾奥山)、「桜井林左衛門 四代目浅尾為十郎」(四代目浅尾為十郎)

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


Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 93, #84

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.80

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「初代為十郎門人 初名友蔵 文化年中三代目為十郎ト改 家号俳名上ニ同」(三代目浅尾為十郎)、「三代目奥山ノ男 幼名朝次郎 改友蔵事父ノ俳名ヲ受継奥山ト改 家号銭屋」(三代目浅尾奥山)、「三代目奥山ノ二男 幼名房之助 又友蔵改奥次郎 後四代目為十郎 俳名夜猿家号銭屋」(四代目浅尾為十郎)

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