Actors Bandô Mitsugorô IV as Mashiba Hisayoshi, Bandô Shûka I as Kijin Omatsu, and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Wakana-hime, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「四代目坂東三津五郎 真柴久吉」(四代目坂東三津五郎)、「鬼神於松 五代目 しうか」(初代坂東しうか)、「若菜姫 六代目三津五郎」(六代目坂東三津五郎)

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.21, #12

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.13

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「始蓑助 改四代目三津五郎 俳名秀朝後に森田勘弥 俳名是好」(四代目坂東三津五郎)、「四代目の弟分 初名玉三郎 後しうかト改 是五代目なり」(初代坂東しうか)、「五代目実子 幼名吉弥 後六代目三津五郎ト改名ス 俳名しうか」(六代目坂東三津五郎)

Signed

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