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Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Boatman (Sendô) Matsuemon, actually Higuchi no Jirô Kanemitsu

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MFA impressions: First edition (1849): 11.29545, 11.29990, 11.40354 Second edition (1855): 11.29734 Altered version with face redrawn by Yoshitora (1862): 11.41319


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Fukushima 改印: 村松、福


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, 1849 (Kaei 2), 5th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Fiorillo, "Ireki ...," Andon 81 (2007)


Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.4 cm (14 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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