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Actors Ichikawa Ichizô III as Shôji Shigetada, Onoe Eizaburô 4.5 (later Kawarazaki Kunitarô II) as the Courtesan (Yûkun) Akoya, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Iwanaga Saemon, from the series A Lineup of Top Stars (Atari yagura kanban-zoroi)

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MFA impressions: 11.21889, 11.44628 The actor later known as Kawarazaki Kunitarô II used the name Onoe Eizaburô from 8/1863 to 2/1869 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Eizaburô IV and Eizaburô V.


Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu 七十八歳豊国筆


Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame No blockcutter's mark


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, 1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month


Vertical ôban 36.9 x 25.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

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