Actors Sakata Hangorô III as Hanji Kurobei, Sakata Hangorô IV as Kyôgoku Takumi, and Sakata Sajûrô II as Nakadate Keian, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「坂田家系譜」「半時九郎兵衛 三代目坂田半五郎 杉暁」(三代目坂田半五郎)、「京極内匠 四代目坂田半五郎 杉暁」(四代目坂田半五郎)、「中立啓庵 二代目佐十郎 俳名杉弟」(二代目坂田佐十郎)

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. 86, #77

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.73

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「初名坂東熊次 改熊十郎 天明三ヨリ三代目坂田半五郎ト改 家号正月屋」(三代目坂田半五郎)、「初坂東大五郎 改四代目大谷広右衛門トナリ後四代目坂田半五郎 家名正月屋」(四代目坂田半五郎)、「初名坂田半十郎 改佐十郎 後四代目薪水門ニ入テ当時坂東佐十郎 家号近江屋」(二代目坂田佐十郎)

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