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Actors Asao Yoroku I as Takechi Mitsuhide, Asao Kuzaemon II as the Farmer (Hyakushô) Heisaku, and Asao Yoroku II 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


画中「初代為十郎門人 初名丹平 改友蔵 又内匠 後与六ト改 俳名一甫 家号浅田屋」(初代浅尾与六)、「初名大谷友次 改柴崎林左衛門 文政年中二代目工左衛門ト改 鬼丸」(二代目浅尾工左衛門)、「初代与六門人 初名半五郎 改山村内匠後与六 一甫」(二代目浅尾与六)


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


Censor's seal: Boar 10 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥十改


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 94, #85


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

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Medium or Technique

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