Actors Nakamura Denkurô III as Yakko Tanzen, Nakamura Denkurô IV as Abe no Yasuna, and Nakamura Denkurô V as Kyôgen Saruwaka, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「猿若中村家系譜」「奴丹前 三代目伝九郎」(三代目中村伝九郎)、「安部の保名 四代目伝九郎」(四代目中村伝九郎)、「狂言猿若 五代目伝九郎」 (五代目中村伝九郎)

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. 11, #2

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.3

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「三代目伝九郎 後十一代目勘三郎ト成二代目八百蔵ノ男 明石ノ父ナリ」(三代目中村伝九郎)、「幼名大谷徳五郎 後四代目伝九郎 三代目大谷広次養子也 勘三郎とナル」(四代目中村 伝九郎)、「幼名明石 改五代伝九郎 後十二代目猿若勘三郎 十一代目の男ナリ」(五代目中村伝九郎)

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