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Actors Nakamura Shikan IV as Iwanaga (R), Onoe Eizaburô 4.5 (later Kawarazaki Kunitarô II) as Akoya, and Ichikawa Ichizô III as Shigetada (L)

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The actor later known as Kawarazaki Kunitarô II used the name Onoe Eizaburô from 8/1863 to 2/1869 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Eizaburô IV and Eizaburô V.


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet) 七十八歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Dog 10 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi (on left sheet)


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month


Vertical ôban diptych; 37 x 49.7 cm (14 9/16 x 19 9/16 in.)

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