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Actors Kiba Shin'en I as the Jester (Taikomochi) Junsaku, Hatagaya Shichiemon I as the Footman (Yakko) Bekunai, and Ichikawa Hakoemon I as Tsubone Jorô Otora, 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「初代男女蔵門人 初名市川滝五郎 改桐山紋治 天保ノ初七代目白猿門ニ入新猿ト改 俳名呼子 後戯場道去成田紋治ト云」(初代木場新猿)、「七代目白猿門人 初名市川升五郎 俳名黒猿」(初代幡谷七右衛門)、「同門人 初名銀兵衛 俳名箱猿箱虎ト云」(初代市川箱右衛門)

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. 48, #39

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.34

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints