Triptych: 11.26973 (right), 11.26974 (center), 11.26975 (left) MFA impressions: 11.26973-5 (complete triptych), 11.39446 (left sheet only) Possibly designed in 1850 to celebrate the return of Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII) to Edo after his banishment.
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni hitsu (on right sheet only) 一陽斎豊国画
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri
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:  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, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Shimizuya Tsunejirô, Japanese
Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #135
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 73.9 cm (14 3/8 x 29 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper