Actors Yamashita Kinsaku I as Hangaku-jo, Yamashita Kinsaku II as Tatsuta no Mae, and Yamashita Kinsaku IV as Okuni Gozen, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

「古今俳優似顔大全」「山下家系譜」「班額女 初代山下金作」(初代山下金作)、「立田の前 二代目山下金作 家号天王寺屋」(二代目山下金作)、「阿国御前 三代目山下金作」(四代目山下金作)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 10th 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. 87, #78

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.75

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「山下京右衛門弟子筋 中度立役ト成山下又九郎ト云 俳名里虹 天王寺屋」(初代山下金作)、「初代富十郎門弟ニテ中村半太夫ト云 後ニ金作養子ト成二代目相続 俳名同」(二代目山下金作)、「三代目来芝門人 初名嵐三勝 後三代目金作ト改 俳名家号上ニ同シ」(三代目山下金作)

Signed

Nanajûkyûsai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche
七十九歳豊国筆(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