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Actor Ichikawa Ichizô III as Nisshin Denkichi and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Deiusumaru, No. 1 from the series Comparison of Fan Followings in the Eastern Capital (Tôto hiiki kurabe)

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Ôju Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche (above); Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (below) 応需豊国筆(年玉枠)、国貞画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 8 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, 1857 (Ansei 4), 8th month


Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

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