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Actors Enjoying the Evening Cool, from right: Ichikawa Sanshô (Danjûrô VII), Iwai Shijaku (Hanshirô V), Bandô Shûka (Mitsugorô III), Segawa Rokô (Kikunojô V), Onoe Baikô (Kikugorô III)

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Pentaptych: 11.26991 (left), 11.26992 (center left), 11.26993 (center), 11.26994 (center right), 11.26995 (right)


Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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

Catalogue Raisonné

Shindo, Gototei Kunisada yakusha-e no sekai (1993), pp. 70-1


Vertical ôban pentaptych; 37.6 x 133.3 cm (14 13/16 x 52 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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