Mitate (imaginary performance). Takenojô V died in 1851, and Takenojô VI did not succeed to the name until 1964. This actor appears to be the son of Takenojô V, called Ichimura Takematsu III at the time and later known as Bandô Kakitsu I.
Nanajûkyû sai Toyokuni hitsu 七十九歳 豊国筆(年玉印)
Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô 改印: 子十改 彫師: 片田彫長
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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Ôyama Toyojirô, Japanese
- Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô), Japanese
Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.4 cm (14 7/16 x 10 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper