User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke III as the Courtesan (Yûkun) Akoya, Musician Tokiwazu Bungonodaijô, also known as Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke IV, and Actor Ichikawa Shinsha I as Tokiwazu Mojitaki, from the series Complete Compendium of Portraits of Actors Old and N

Start collecting

Album in two volumes: Vol. 1: 11.45392.1a-b - .47 Vol. 2: 11.45392.48 - .97


画中「男女蔵ノ男 初メ男寅 後伝蔵 改テ四代目門之助 俳名新車」(三代目市川門之助)、「四代目弟 幼名男熊 後常磐津文字太夫又豊後大掾 俗ノ名門之助ト云」(初代常磐津 豊後大掾)、「幼名瀬川路太郎 又岩井粂太郎 改テ松本七蔵 後六代目新車」(初代市川新車)


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 七十八歳豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame No blockcutter's mark 亥八改


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Zôho Kokon haiyû nigao taizen (1998), p. 41, #32


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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