Actors Nakamura Daikichi I as Toneri Matsuômaru, Nakamura Daikichi II as Umeô's Wife (Nyôbô) Haru, and Nakamura Daikichi III as Koshimoto Fusano, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「中村天王寺家系譜」「舎人松王丸 初代中村大吉 俳名巴丈」(初代中村大吉)、「梅王女房春 二代目中村大吉」(二代目中村大吉)、「こしもと房野 三代目中村大吉」(三代目中村大吉)

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. 28, #19

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.41

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「野塩蘭耕門弟 初名藤川大吉 家号鳴尾屋 文政五 一世一代シテ舞台退」(初代中村大吉)、「初名山下亀之丞 後ニ嵐ト成 改二代目中村大吉 又改元ノ名ニ帰ル」(二代目中村大吉)、「岩井杜若取立ニテ初名瀬川多門 上坂シテ沢村其答ト改 後富十郎ノ養子ト成中村大吉ト改」(三代目中村大吉)

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