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Actor Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Tsunewakamaru

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Play: Iro Moyô Aoyagi Soga Theater: Nakamura


Ippitsusai Bunchô ga 一筆齊文調画


Artist's seal: Mori uji


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, 1775 (An'ei 4), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al, The Actor's Image (1994), #61; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Bunchô list, #66; Ukiyo-e taisei 5 (1930), #241


Hosoban; 32 x 14.6 cm (12 5/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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