Actors Nakayama Bunshichi I as Karaki Masaemon, Nakayama Bunshichi II as Danshichi no Mohei, and Nakayama Bunshichi III as Oniô Shinzaemon, 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」「唐木政右衛門 初代中山文七 俳名由男」(初代中山文七)、「団七の茂兵衛 二代目中山文七」(二代目中山文七)、「鬼王新左衛門 三代目中山文七」(三代目中山文七)

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. 89, #80

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.76

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「浪花狂言作者松屋米助男 初代中山新九郎養子トナリ前名中山与三郎 家号和泉屋 天明二 一世一代舞納 夫より黒谷江閑居 文化十酉年終 八十三才」(初代中山文七)、「二代目中山新九郎養子 初名中山猪八俳名舎柳 後由男 寛政十午年没ス」(二代目中山 文七)、「初代文七門弟 初名中山平太郎 俳名由男」(三代目中山文七)

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni rô hitsu, in toshidama cartouche
応需豊国老筆(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