Actors Nakamura Shikan III as Ippei, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Suketsune, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Nuregami, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「似顔大全」「系譜」「逸平 五代目芝翫」(三代目中村芝翫)、「祐経 四代目歌右衛門」(四代目中村歌右衛門)、「濡髪 六代目当時 芝翫」(四代目中村芝翫)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), intercalary 8th 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.72, #63

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.60

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「二代目中村東蔵忰 幼名橋之助 梅玉の養子ト成芝翫ト改」(三代目中村芝翫)、「幼名藤間吉太郎 後三代目門弟と成初鶴助 後芝翫 又改四代目歌右衛門 俳名翫雀 家号成駒屋」四代目中村歌右衛門)、「四代目養子 幼名福助 改芝翫」(四代目中村芝翫)

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog intercalary 8 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:戌閏八改
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