Actors Nakamura Kanjaku I as Mishima Kurando, Nakamura Tamashichi I as Yashima Tatewaki, and Nakamura Fukusuke II as Izutsu Yônosuke, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「三嶋蔵人 中村翫雀」(初代中村翫雀)、「矢嶋帯刀 中村玉七」(初代中村玉七)、「井筒要之助 二代目当時 中村福助」(二代目中村福助)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th 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. 73, #64

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.61

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「市村竹之丞甥 幼名坂東橘蔵 翫雀の養子トナリ二代目翫雀ト云 早世」(初代中村翫雀)、「三代目芝翫ノ実子 安政七 二月十五日没 二十三才」(初代中村玉七)、「当時芝翫実弟 初名中村政治郎 後改テ二代目福助」(二代目中村福助)

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche
七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:亥六改
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