Actors Nakamura Kantarô I as Onibishi Heima, Nakamura Kan'emon I as the Farmer (Hyakushô) Kanjû, and Nakamura Momozô II as Hikami Kyûroku, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「中村成駒家付録」「鬼菱平馬 中村翫太郎」(初代中村翫太郎)、「百性翫十 中村翫右衛門」(初代中村翫右衛門)、「氷上宮六 中村桃三」 (二代目中村桃三)

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. 77, #68

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.66

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「同門弟 家号成駒屋 俳名翫竹」(初代中村翫太郎)、「同門弟 初名嵐岡九郎 後中村翫右衛門ト改 安政年中没」(初代中村翫右衛門)、「二代目中村友三門人 幼名友之助 又猿松 江戸江下リ 当時芝翫弟子分」(二代目中村桃三)

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