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Actors Nakamura Tsurusuke IV as the Ascetic (Shûgyôja) Ryôkai, Nakamura Sennosuke II as HIgaki Tayû, and Nakamura Komanosuke V as the Footman (Yakko) Tsumabei, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and New (Kokon haiyû nigao taize

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

Inscription

画中「同門人 初名嵐三津之助 改中村梅蔵又鶴介 当時市川小文次ト改」(四代目中村鶴助)、「五代目芝翫門人 千歳屋千鶴」(二代目中村千之助)、「同門人 さかいや梅丈」(五代目中村駒之助)

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. 78, #69

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.45392.65

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints