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Actors of the Matsushima Theater, from right: (1) Ichikawa Udanji I, (2) Nakamura Sôjûrô, (3) Onoe Taganojô II, (4) Arashi Rikan IV, (5) Bandô Jûtarô III, (6) Nakamura Fukusuke III, (7) Jitsukawa Enjaku I

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1873 (Meiji 6), about 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 121; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #456 (one sheet only)

Dimensions

Vertical chûban heptaptych; 24 x 124.4 cm (9 7/16 x 49 in.)

Accession Number

11.35543a-g

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints