Actors Kataoka Ichizô I as Saitô Kuranosuke, Kataoka Gatô II as Konishi Yajûrô, and Kataoka Ainosuke III as Shungetsu-ni, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「似顔大全」「斎藤内蔵助 片岡市蔵」(初代片岡市蔵)、「小西弥十郎 片岡我当」(二代目片岡我当)、「春月尼 二代目片岡愛之助」(三代目片岡愛之助)

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. 100, #91

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.87

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「幼名藤川鐘三郎 又鐘蔵ト云 後七代目仁左衛門門ニ入片岡市蔵ト改 家号松島屋我升」(初代片岡市蔵)、「八代目仁左衛門養子 幼名松之助 後我当」(二代目片岡我当)、「初名尾上菊三郎 後八代目門ニ入片岡長太夫ト改」(三代目片岡愛之助)

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