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Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VII in His Dressing Room

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Poems translated in Izzard 1993, p. 111; and Keyes 1985, vol. 1, p. 274.


Poem by Kaôen Tokunari: Tokimune o/ suru Naritaya ga/ ani to yobu/ ume to hitotsu ni/ hiraku kyôdai Poem by Shibaen Morizuna: Kyôdai no/ hiraku katae ni/ mata hiraku/ ôgi no shime o/ chirasu harukaze 「花わ園徳来 時字をする成田やか兄とよぶ梅とひとつにひらく鏡台」「司馬園盛砂 鏡台をひらくかたへにまたひらくあふきのしめをしらす春風」


Gototei Kunisada ga 五渡亭国貞画


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: [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, mid–1820s

Catalogue Raisonné

Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #47; Keyes, Art of Surimono (Chester Beatty cat., 1985), vol. 1, #241; Rijksmuseum cat. IV, Hiroshige and the Utagawa School (1984), #126


Shikishiban; 21.2 x 18.6 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper