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Actors Fujikawa Tomokichi I as Aburaya Okon, Fujikawa Kayû II as Tsuchiya Umegawa, and Fujikawa Tomokichi III as Zenkichi's Wife (Nyôbô) Oroku, 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「初代藤川八蔵弟 俳名花友 文化五辰年歿」(初代藤川友吉)、「初代友吉門人 初名勝次郎 又友三郎後師名ヲ続二代目友吉ト改 俳名花友」(二代目藤川花友)、「二代目ノ男 初勝次郎 後改花友ト云当時友吉ト云 家号江戸屋」(三代目藤川友吉)


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. 88, #79


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