Actors Bandô Hikozaemon I as Nise Mukai Yatôji, Bandô Hikozaemon II as Zegen Zenji, and Bandô Zenji III as Hannin Chikuji, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「坂東音羽家附禄」「偽迎ひ弥藤次 初代坂東彦左衛門」(初代坂東彦左衛門)、「ぜげん善次 二代 坂東彦左衛門」(二代目坂東彦左衛門)、「判人築次 三代 坂東善次」(三代目坂東善次)

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. 70, #61

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.58

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「三代目彦三郎楽善門人 初坂東善次 俳名善好 家号築島屋」(初代坂東彦左衛門)、「初代彦左衛門男 初名坂東善次 俳名善好」(二代目坂東彦左衛門)、「幼名岩井銀吉 改梅蔵 後二代目彦左衛門養子ト成ル 嘉永二酉年没」(三代目坂東善次)

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