Actors Nakamura Aizô I as Iijima Takonojô, Nakamura Ganpachi I as Yadohiki Kichisuke, and Nakamura Kôzô I as Mawashi Yasuke, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「猿若中村付録」「飯島蛸之丞 中村相蔵」(初代中村相蔵)、「宿引喜助 中村鴈八」(初代中村雁八)、「廻し弥助 中村鴻蔵」(初代中村鴻蔵)

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. 13, #4

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.14

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「故中村千代飛助門人 当時勘三郎門人俳名相生 佐の屋」(初代中村相蔵)、「浪花姉川仲蔵門弟 初名鬼久蔵 後中村鶴蔵門人トナリ鴈八ト改 俳名三口 家号鍋屋当時舞鶴屋」(初代中村鴈八)、「中村鶴蔵門人 俳名長觜 家号大橋屋安政七猿三月廿九日終」(初代中村鴻蔵)

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