Actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII as Matsunaga Daizen Hisahide, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Fujiya Izaemon, and Kataoka Ainosuke I as the Geisha (Geiko) Kikuno, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「古今俳優」「松永大膳久秀 七代目片岡仁左衛門」(七代目片岡仁左衛門)、「藤屋伊左衛門 八代目片岡仁左衛門」(八代目片岡仁左衛門)、「芸子菊野 片岡愛之助」(初代片岡仁愛之助)

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. 99, #90

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.86

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「初名中村松助 元祖為十郎門ニ入浅尾国五郎 天明七酉(ママ)年片岡家相続シテ七代目仁左衛門ト改 松島屋我童」(七代目片岡 仁左衛門)、「初名市川新之助 改嵐橘次郎 天保三辰年仁左衛門養子ト成我当ト改 其後我童又八代目仁左衛門ト改 文久癸亥年二月十六日歿 家号松島屋」(八代目片岡仁左衛門)、「七代目ノ実子長太夫ト云 不幸ニシテ早く世ヲ去ル」(初代片岡愛之助)

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