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Actor Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as Kumagai Jirô Naozane, from the series Hits of a Lifetime (Issei ichidai atari kyôgen)

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MFA impressions: 11.35370, 11.38804 From a set of five prints issued for the "farewell performance" of Shikan (who in fact continued acting under another name). Play: Ichinotani Futaba Gunki Theater: Kado


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga 春好斎北洲画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004) 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, 1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Gerstle 2005, #232; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #164; Schwaab 1989, #80


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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper, with embossing