Pentaptych, from right: 11.35206, 11.35207, 11.35208, 11.35209, 11.35210 Mitate cast for the play Keisei Himehajime or Keisei Nazuna no Sekku.
Shunbaisai Hokuei ga (on each sheet) 春梅斎北英画
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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, 1834 (Tenpô 5), 1st month
- Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei, Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837
- Publisher Wataya Kihei (Wataki), Japanese
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #322; Keyes 1973, #165a-e and pl. 48
Vertical ôban pentaptych; 38.5 x 129.7 cm (15 3/16 x 51 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper