User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Actors Matsumoto Koshirô I as Gongorô Kagemasa, Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Banzui Chôbei, and Matsumoto Kôshirô V as Nagasaki Kageyuemon, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taizen)

Start collecting

Album in two volumes: Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47 Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97


画中「元祖松本幸四郎ハ荒事和実の上手ニシテ宝永正徳頃の人ナリ」(初代松本小四郎)、「初名市川染五郎 又高麗蔵 改テ四代目松本幸四郎ト成 後ニ男女川京十郎ト改ル」(四代目松本幸四郎)、「四代目実子 初名高麗蔵ト云 濡事和事ニ名有 中年ノ頃五代目幸四郎ト改ル俳名錦升 実悪ノ名人 寛政より天保ニ至」(五代目松本幸四郎)


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


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥八改


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 25, #16


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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