MFA impressions: 11.40232, 11.45477 The actor known today as Mitsugorô VI was actually Mitsugorô V during his lifetime. It was later decided to award the name Mitsugorô V posthumously to his father Bandô Shûka I, and make the son Mitsugorô VI in the official lineage.
Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu 七十八歳豊国筆(年玉印)
Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 片田彫長
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Iseya Kanekichi, Japanese
- Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô), Japanese
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper