MFA impressions: 11.35569a-d, 11.35570a-d Play: Hiragana Seisuiki Theater: Naka The Ikeda bunko impression has Kinkodô publisher's mark. The MFA impressions have no 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, 1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
- Artist Gosôtei Hirosada, Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #380
Vertical chûban tetraptych; 25 x 72 cm (9 13/16 x 28 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper