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Actors Onoe Shinshichi I as the Boatman (Sendô) Jirosaku, Onoe Shinshichi II as Fukuoka Mitsugi, and Onoe Shinshichi III as Yoine no Nizô, 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


画中「元祖菊五郎門人 幼名佐之助 又春五郎又七三郎 後新七ト改 終ニ鯉三郎ト改家号南部屋」(初代尾上新七)、「初代新七門人 幼名徳松 後ニ師名相続家号俳名同上」(二代目尾上新七)、「二代目男女蔵ノ男 初榊山金蔵ト云 三代目菊五郎ノ門ニ入尾上菊十郎 改三代目新七 当時三代目男女蔵ト改」(三代目尾上新七)


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


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.

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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. 65, #56


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

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Medium or Technique

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