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Actors Nakajima Mihoemon II as Fujiwara Tokihira, Nakajima Kanzaemon III as the Outcaste (Hinin) Akushichi, Actually (Jitsu wa) Kagekiyo, and Nakajima Wadaemon I as Aramaki Mimishirô, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New

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

Inscription

画中「江戸公家悪の開山初代中島三甫右衛門重笠門人 初名三甫蔵 宝暦十二ヨリ二代目相続 天明二終 俳名天幸 家号中島屋」(二代目中島三甫右衛門)、「二代目勘左衛門男 幼名伝之助 改勘六宝暦十二ヨリ父の名ヲ相続 俳名是少家号玉松屋」(三代目中島 勘左衛門)、「二代目中島三甫右衛門天幸門人 初名国四郎 俳名二笠」(初代中島和田右衛門)

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. 59, #50

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.48

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints