Actors Nakamura Utaemon I as Seigen, Nakamura Utaemon II as Fuwa Bansaku, and Nakamura Utaemon III as Kumagai, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全「古今俳優」「中村家」「清玄 元祖 歌右衛門」(初代中村歌右衛門)、「不破伴作 二代目歌右衛門」(二代目中村歌右衛門)、「熊谷 三代目歌右衛門」(三代目中村歌右衛門)

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), intercalary 8th 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. 71, #62

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.59

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「元祖歌右衛門 俳名一先 後ニ加賀屋可七ト改 中村源左衛門弟子ト也」(初代中村歌右衛門)、「二代目歌右衛門 初メ水木東蔵 後ニ中村東蔵 改メ歌右衛門 俳名一先」(二代目中村歌右衛門)、「初代の実子 幼名福之助 後に芝翫と改文化五年江戸江下ル 後三代目歌右衛門老年玉助ト改 俳名梅玉といひ 作名金沢竜玉 天保九年戌年七月没 六十一才名人」(三代目中村歌右衛門)

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