Ichimura Kakitsu IV used the name from early 1863 to 7/1868 and was the first actor to use it as his official name; the three previous generations had used it as a poetry name only.
Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet) 国周筆
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, Meiji era, 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), intercalary 4th month
- Artist Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, 1835–1900
- Publisher Tsujiokaya Kamekichi, Japanese
- Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei), Japanese, 1833–1901
Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #55
Vertical ôban triptych
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper