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Actors Ichikawa Yaozô I as Watanabe Kiou, Ichikawa Yaozô II as Sakuramaru, and Ichikawa Yaozô III as Konoshita Tôkichi, 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「初名松島八百蔵 栢莚門弟ト成リ市川ト改ル 俳名定花 宝暦九卯十月終」(初代市川 八百蔵)、「初豊竹和泉大夫 伝九郎ノ門弟ト成り中村伝蔵 後初代ノ妹ヲ娶リ八百蔵ト改ル」(二代目市川八百蔵)、「三代目訥子ノ男 初沢村金平 又瀬川雄次郎 又沢村四郎五郎 改八百蔵 後助高屋高助」(三代目市川八百蔵)

Signed

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

Marks

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame No blockcutter's mark

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), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 38, #29

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.24

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints