Actors Sawamura Sôjûrô IV as Ume no Yoshibei, Sawamura Sôjûrô V as Katsuma Gengobei, and Sawamura Tosshô II as Sakingo Yorikane, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「似顔大全」「梅の由兵衛 四代目宗十郎」(四代目沢村宗十郎)、「勝間源吾兵衛 五代目宗十郎」(五代目沢村宗十郎)、「左金吾頼兼 六代 当時 訥升」(二代目沢村訥升)

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. 53, #44

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.43

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「三代目実子 幼名源之助 文化八 四代目宗十郎訥子ト改メ 同九年十二月八日ニ終」(四代目沢村宗十郎)、「門弟 幼名源平 後源之助 又訥升 又五代目宗十郎訥子 又長十郎 後助高屋高助高賀トいふ」(五代目沢村宗十郎)、「五代目実子 幼名源平 改名シテ当時訥升」(二代目沢村訥升)

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