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Actor Nakamura Tsuruzô I, from the series Portraits as True Likenesses in the Moonlight (Makoto no tsukihana no sugata-e)

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From a series of 38 sheets, including a title page, frontispiece, and 36 silhouette portraits.


Ikkeisai Yoshiiku 一蕙斎芳幾


Censor's seal: Hare 4 aratame No blockcutter's mark 改印: 卯四改


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, 1867 (Keiô 3), 4th month


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