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Actors Iwai Hanshirô IV as Meshitsukai Ohatsu, Iwai Hanshirô V as Mikazuki Osen, and Iwai Hanshirô VI as Shirai Gonpachi, 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「幼名松本長松 後七蔵 改て四代目岩井半四郎 目黒の太夫ト云 前三代ハ大坂座本也」(四代目岩井半四郎)、「四代目半四郎杜若の男 初粂三郎 後改て五代目半四郎 又杜若 ○大太夫ト云」(五代目岩井半四郎)、「五代目の男 初粂三郎 後六代目半四郎ト改名 俳名梅我ト云」(六代目岩井半四郎)


Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 喜翁豊国画(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. 49, #40


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