Actors Matsumoto Kôshirô VI as Nikki Danjô Saemonnosuke, Ichikawa Komazô VII as Tateba no Taiheiji, and Matsumoto Yonesaburô I as the Geisha Oshun, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「松本家系譜」「仁木弾正左衛門直則 六代目松本幸四郎 後錦升」(六代目松本幸四郎)、「立場の太平次 市川高麗蔵」(七代目市川高麗蔵)、「げいしやおしゆん 初代松本よね三」 (初代松本米三郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 26, #17; Seikado, Kunisada (exh. cat., 1996), #135

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.11

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「五代目実子幼名市川高麗蔵 後改テ松本幸四郎ト云 俳名錦升」(六代松本幸四郎)、「七代目団十郎三男 幼名新之助 後高麗蔵ト改ル 又新升 当時白猿」(七代目市川高麗蔵)、「四代目幸四郎弟也 寛政年間始テ戻駕浄瑠理ニ禿ノ役ヲ勤ニより追々評よく若女形ノ上手ト将せらる 俳名文車」(初代松本米三郎)

Signed

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