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Actors Kataoka Nizaemon VII as Matsunaga Daizen Hisahide, Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Fujiya Izaemon, and Kataoka Ainosuke I as the Geisha (Geiko) Kikuno, 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「初名中村松助 元祖為十郎門ニ入浅尾国五郎 天明七酉(ママ)年片岡家相続シテ七代目仁左衛門ト改 松島屋我童」(七代目片岡 仁左衛門)、「初名市川新之助 改嵐橘次郎 天保三辰年仁左衛門養子ト成我当ト改 其後我童又八代目仁左衛門ト改 文久癸亥年二月十六日歿 家号松島屋」(八代目片岡仁左衛門)、「七代目ノ実子長太夫ト云 不幸ニシテ早く世ヲ去ル」(初代片岡愛之助)

Signed

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

Marks

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

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), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 99, #90

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.86

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints