Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Sekimori Sekibei, Nakamura Nakazô II as Ono Sadakurô, and Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Kômori Yasu, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「中村家門弟附録」「関守関兵衛 伝九郎門弟初代中村仲蔵」(初代中村仲蔵)、「二代目仲蔵 斧定九郎」(二代目中村仲蔵)、「五代目伝九郎門弟 中村鶴蔵 蝙蝠安」(初代中村鶴蔵)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th 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. 12, #3

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.4

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「初中村中蔵 後仲蔵 天明五中山小十郎翌年又仲蔵ニ復ル 秀鶴」(初代中村仲蔵)、「初名大谷春治 後改二代目大谷鬼治 又改二代目仲蔵 秀鶴」(二代目中村仲蔵)、「五代目伝九郎門弟 中村鶴蔵 俳名秀雀」(初代中村鶴蔵)

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