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Actor Bandô Mitsugorô II as the Farmer Fukakusa no Jirôsaku

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Play: Keisei Sanbon Karakasa (The Three Parasols of the Courtesan) Theater: Miyako


Tôshûsai Sharaku ga 東洲斎写楽画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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: [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, Edo period, 1794 (Kansei 6), 7th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Dai Sharaku ten (1995), #035; Ukiyo-e shûka 11 (1979), list #036; Henderson & Ledoux, #51


Hosoban; 31.2 x 14.3 cm (12 5/16 x 5 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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