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Actors Seki Sanjûrô II as Nakano Tôbei, Nakamura Karoku I as Kumasaka Omatsu, and Nakamura Shibajûrô I as the Footman (Yakko) Sumidabei, 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「初代関三十郎男 幼名嵐宗太郎 三代目歌右衛門門ニ入中村歌介ト改 後二代目関三十郎ト成 俳名歌山 家号尾張屋天保十亥年九月ニ十八日没」(二代目関三十郎)、「三代目歌右衛門門人 初名中村もしほ俳名梅枝 家号播磨屋」(初代中村歌六)、「岩井喜代太郎男 初名岩井喜代太郎 三代目歌右衛門門ニ入中村芝十郎ト改 家号江戸屋 俳名芝楽」(初代中村芝十郎)


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.

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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. 74, #65


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