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Actors Ôtani Tomoemon II as Shigetamaro Junki, Ôtani Tomoemon IV as Hakone no Tojibô, and Ôtani Tomomatsu I as Teraoka Heiemon, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

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Album in two volumes: Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47 Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97

Inscription

画中「初代友右衛門門人 初谷村虎蔵 改二代目友右衛門 俳名此友 家名明石屋」(二代目大谷友右衛門)、「二代目友右衛門門弟 初名大谷福蔵 又万作 後三代目友右衛門 家号明石屋楽猿」(箱根の閉坊<4>大谷友右衛門)、「三代目友右衛門男 俳名紫升」(初代大谷友松)

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche 七十八歳豊国筆(年玉枠)

Marks

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥九改

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 82, #73

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.69

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints