Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô I as Kanki, Sawamura Sôjûrô II as Sadakurô, and Sawamura Sôjûrô III as Ôboshi Yuranosuke, 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」「甘輝 元祖宗十郎」(初代沢村宗十郎)、「定九郎 二代目宗十郎」(二代目沢村宗十郎)、「大星由良之助 三代目宗十郎」(三代目沢村宗十郎)

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. 52, #43

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.42

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「本性三木氏 始善五郎 大坂座本沢村長十郎門弟と成沢村宗十郎と改 享保二江戸下り延享三寅年沢村長十郎ト改 後助高屋高助高賀と云 延享三寅門弟春五郎二代目宗十郎ト改 寛延元終ル沢村代々の内に入レざると沢村家賀見ニ有」(初代沢村宗十郎)、「始女形滝中歌川 寛保二元服シテ沢村四郎五郎俳名曙山と改ル 寛延二巳年二代目宗十郎 俳名亀音後改て訥子ト云」(二代目沢村宗十郎)、「幼名田之助 明和八年上京シテ三代目宗十郎訥子ト改ル 享和元終ル」(三代目沢村宗十郎)

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