Actors Ichikawa Monnosuke I as Kusunoki Masayuki, Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga Gorô Tokimune, and Ichikawa Omezô I as Mori no Ranmaru, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「楠正行 初代市川門之助 俳名新車」(初代市川門之助)、「曽我五郎時致 二代目市川門之助」(二代目市川門之助)、「森の蘭丸 三代目市川男女蔵」 (初代市川男女蔵)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th 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. 40, #31

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.26

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「元祖市川門之助 享保元文之頃若衆方の評判者 元文十四終」(初代市川門之助)、「初名市川弁蔵改テ二代目市川門之助 俳名新車」(二代目市川門之助)、「二代目の男 幼名弁之助 改テ男女蔵俳名新車後海丸 市川惣代也」(初代市川男女蔵)

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

七十八歳豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:亥八改
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