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Actors on a Ferry Boat in Snow: Iwai Shijaku I, Iwai Kumesaburô II, Ichimura Uzaemon XII, Bandô Hikosaburô IV (R); Mimasu Gennosuke I, Segawa Kikunojô V, Ichikawa Shinnosuke 2.5, Ichikawa Danjûrô VII, Ichikawa Ebizô VI, Seki Sanjûrô II (C); Matsumoto Kôsh

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The actor later known as Ichikawa Komazô VI used the name Ichikawa Shinnosuke in the late 1820s but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Shinnosuke II and Shinnosuke III.


Kunisada ga (on right and center sheets), Gototei Kunisada ga (on left sheet) 国貞画 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: 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, about 1830 (Bunsei 13/Tenpô 1)


Vertical ôban triptych; 34.4 x 78.7 cm (13 9/16 x 31 in.)

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