MFA impressions: 11.35598 (left sheet only), 11.35599a-b (complete diptych) Play: Satomoyô Kabuki no Inazuma Theater: Naka The Ikeda bunko impression has no publisher's mark. The MFA impression has Meirakudô publisher's mark.
Hirosada (on each sheet) 広貞
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), 9th month
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #311
Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.2 cm (9 13/16 x 14 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper