MFA impressions (complete diptych): 11.29978-9, 11.43918a-b MFA impressions (left sheet only): 11.39057 (key block), 11.45345, 11.45346 Play: Arigata ya Oedo no Kagekiyo Theater: Kawarazaki Commemorating the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V to Edo after his exile in Kamigata.
「寿海老人にかはりて 帰る雁水道の恩や土の味 六造庵」
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
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, 1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô), Japanese
Vertical ôban diptych; 36 x 50.1 cm (14 3/16 x 19 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper