Actors Matsumoto Koshirô I as Gongorô Kagemasa, Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Banzui Chôbei, and Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Nagasaki Kageyuemon, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「権五郎景政 元祖松本小四郎」(初代松本小四郎)、「幡随長兵衛 四代目松本幸四郎 錦紅 家号高麗屋」(四代目松本幸四郎)、「長崎勘解由左衛門 五代目松本幸四郎」(五代目松本幸四郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th 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. 25, #16; 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

11.45392.10

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「元祖松本幸四郎ハ荒事和実の上手ニシテ宝永正徳頃の人ナリ」(初代松本小四郎)、「初名市川染五郎 又高麗蔵 改テ四代目松本幸四郎ト成 後ニ男女川京十郎ト改ル」(四代目松本幸四郎)、「四代目実子 初名高麗蔵ト云 濡事和事ニ名有 中年ノ頃五代目幸四郎ト改ル俳名錦升 実悪ノ名人 寛政より天保ニ至」(五代目松本幸四郎)

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