Actors Osagawa Tsuneyo I as Toneri Sakuramaru, Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Chûrô Onoe, and Osagawa Tsuneyo IV as Gihei's Wife (Nyôbô) Osono, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「小佐川家系譜」「舎人桜丸 初代小佐川常世」(初代小佐川常世)、「中老尾上 二代目小佐川常世」(二代目小佐川常世)、「義平女房おその 三代目小佐川常世」(四代目小佐川常世)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 10th 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. 58, #49

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.49

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「小佐川平蔵弟子筋 初名染松常世 後ニ小佐川ト改 明和三終 俳名巨撰 家号綿屋」(初代小佐川常世)、「初代常世門人 初名小佐川七蔵 明和五二代目相続 俳名巨撰 家号綿屋 名人」(二代目小佐川 常世)、「初名山科甚吉 三代目三津五郎取立ニテ三代目常世ト改 俳名巨撰」(四代目小佐川常世)

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