Actors Bandô Matatarô VI as Rai Kuniyuki, Bandô Muraemon I as Shibukawa Tôma, and Bandô Sanpachi V as Boatman (Sendô) Chôji, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「市村家門葉附録」「来国行 坂東又太郎」(六代目坂東又太郎)、「渋川藤馬 坂東村右衛門」(初代坂東村右衛門)、「船頭長次 四代目坂東三八 丸屋平久」(五代目坂東三八)

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. 18, #9

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.9

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「四代目歌右衛門門人 中村鶴十郎ト云当時羽左衛門門ニ入又太郎ト改ル 家号東国屋 俳名東山 又太郎名前ニテハ六代目歟」(六代目坂東又太郎)、「二代目中村富十郎門人菊十郎 当時羽左衛門ノ門ニ入村右衛門 大村屋大村」(初代坂東村右衛門)、「坂東橘十郎養子三代目三八弟分 初相蔵又羽舞八 又橋之助 当時三八ト改」(五代目坂東三八)

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