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Actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Soga no Jûrô Sukenari

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Left sheet of incomplete diptych. Play: Fuji no Yuki Kaikei Soga Theater: Ichimura


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, 1770 (Meiwa 7), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 030-0020; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Bunchô list, #289 (complete diptych); Riccar Art Museum, Ippitsusai Bunchô ten (1978), #112; Ukiyo-e taisei 5 (1930), #230 (right) and #231 (left)


Hosoban; 29.9 x 13.5 cm (11 3/4 x 5 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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