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 Mimasu Daigorô IV as Okabe no Rokuyata Tadazumi, Mimasu Daisaburô I as Kuganosuke Seishû, and Mimasu Gennosuke III as Saburô Yoshikuni, 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「三代目ノ男 幼名由亀 又他人 一ト度梅玉ノ門ニ入中村源之助ト云 又三枡ト改 後四代目大五郎ト改 俳名初其鶴後梅升 安政六未年五月十三日歿 京枡屋」(四代目三枡大五郎)、「四代目大五郎男 天保中父ト共ニ上坂シテ娘形トナリ評よかりしが可惜世ヲ早クス」(初代三枡大三郎)、「四代目歌右衛門門弟 初名中村男女蔵事当時三枡源之助ト改」(三代目三枡源之助)


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


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


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), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 97, #88


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