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Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Sekimori Sekibei, Nakamura Nakazô II as Ono Sadakurô, and Nakamura Tsuruzô I as Kômori Yasu, 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「初中村中蔵 後仲蔵 天明五中山小十郎翌年又仲蔵ニ復ル 秀鶴」(初代中村仲蔵)、「初名大谷春治 後改二代目大谷鬼治 又改二代目仲蔵 秀鶴」(二代目中村仲蔵)、「五代目伝九郎門弟 中村鶴蔵 俳名秀雀」(初代中村鶴蔵)

Signed

Nanajûhassai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 七十八歳豊国画(年玉枠)

Marks

Censor's seal: Boar 9 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥九改

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), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 12, #3

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.4

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints