Center sheet of incomplete triptych. MFA impressions: 11.38139 (key block, center sheet only), 11.38479a-c (complete triptych, color, 1849 version) The triptych is based on an earlier version, with different actors, made for a performance of 6/1847.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga 一勇斎国芳画
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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, 1849 (Kaei 2), intercalary 4th month
Vertical ôban; 40.4 x 28.2 cm (15 7/8 x 11 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper