MFA impressions: 11.29739, 11.43167 The actor did play this part, but not until the 11th month of the year; so this design must be an imagined role (mitate).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)
Censors' seals: Fukushima, Muramatsu, Rat 6 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 福、村松、子六 彫師: 彫竹
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, 1852 (Kaei 5), 6th month
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô), Japanese
- Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper