Actors Sawamura Tanosuke I as Kiyomori, Sawamura Tanosuke II as Asagao, and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Okaru, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

古今俳優似顔大全 「沢村家系譜」「清盛 初 田之助」(初代沢村田之助、「朝顔 二代 田之助」(二代目沢村田之助、「おかる 三代 当時 田之助」(三代目沢村田之助

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. 54, #45

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.44

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「二代目実子 三代目八百蔵弟 幼名田之助曙山 後ニ三代目宗十郎と改る」(初代沢村田之助)、「四代目宗十郎弟 幼名鉄之助 後田之助曙山ト改 文化十四 正月終ル」(二代目沢村田之助)、「五代目宗十郎二男にて訥升の弟 幼名由次郎 後三代目田之助曙山ト改」(三代目沢村田之助)

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