Actors Iwai Hanshirô IV as Meshitsukai Ohatsu, Iwai Hanshirô V as Mikazuki Osen, and Iwai Hanshirô VI as Shirai Gonpachi, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「召仕お初 女形の始 四代目岩井半四郎」 (四代目岩井半四郎)、「三日月おせん 五代目半四郎」(五代目岩井半四郎)、「白井権八 六代目半四郎 」(六代目岩井半四郎)

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. 49, #40

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.35

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「幼名松本長松 後七蔵 改て四代目岩井半四郎 目黒の太夫ト云 前三代ハ大坂座本也」(四代目岩井半四郎)、「四代目半四郎杜若の男 初粂三郎 後改て五代目半四郎 又杜若 ○大太夫ト云」(五代目岩井半四郎)、「五代目の男 初粂三郎 後六代目半四郎ト改名 俳名梅我ト云」(六代目岩井半四郎)

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