Actors Bandô Hikosaburô III as Oda Harunaga, Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Akechi Mitsuhide, and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Konoshita Tôkichi, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「音羽屋坂東系譜」「小田春永 三代目彦三郎 俳名薪水 後ニ楽善」(三代目坂東彦三郎)、「武智光秀 四代目彦三郎 当時亀蔵」(四代目坂東彦三郎)、「此下東吉 五代目当時 彦三郎」(五代目坂東彦三郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th 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. 69, #60

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.57

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「九代目羽左衛門弟 始市村若太夫吉五郎後三代目彦三郎ト改ル」(三代目坂東彦三郎)、「三代目甥 始市村竹三郎 改テ四代目彦三郎 後坂東亀蔵 楽善ト改」(四代目坂東彦三郎)、「初鶴之助 又竹三郎 後五代目彦三郎」(五代目坂東彦三郎)

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥六改
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