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Actors Ichimura Takenojô I as Saigyô Hôshi, Ichimura Uzaemon VIII as Miyako Kenbutsuzaemon, and Ichimura Uzaemon X as Koshô Kumenosuke, 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「竹之丞故有て無常を観じ廿五才ニて西行発心の役を名残として舞台より諸国修行出 後本所五ツ目自性院ヲ再興ス」(初代市村竹之丞)、「初竹之丞 後年八代目羽左衛門と改ス俳名何虹」(八代目市村羽左衛門)、「幼名七十郎 後亀蔵ト改ル 又改て十代目羽左衛門 初俳名亀全」(十代目市村羽左衛門)


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


Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥六改


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), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 15, #6


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