Actors Nakamura Denkurô I as Kobayashi no Asahina, Nakamura Denkurô II as Iwada Michinari, and Nakamura Shichisaburô I as Asama Tomoenojô, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「小林の朝比奈是始也 名物男 元祖 中村伝九郎」(初代中村伝九郎)、「岸田満成 二代目伝九郎」(二代目中村伝九郎)、「浅間巴之丞 名物男 初代中村七三郎」 (初代中村七三郎)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th 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. 10, #1

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.2

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「四代目中村勘三郎 隠居シテ伝九郎と改ル 鎌髭 猿隈 猛者言葉 此人の工風也」(初代中村伝九郎)、「元祖伝九郎の男 二代目伝九郎とあらためる 俳名代々舞鶴」(二代目中村伝九郎)、「名物男初代七三郎 俳名少長 ○祐成名古屋山三傾城浅間嶽抔 家の芸也」(初代中村七三郎)

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
七十八歳豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥九改
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