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Actors Matsumoto Kôshirô IV as Chûbei and Mimasu Tokujirô as Umegawa, with chanters Tomimoto Itsukidayû and Tomimoto Hisatayû, and accompanist Namizaki Tokuji

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Kiyonaga ga 清長画


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, 1784 (Tenmei 4), first month

Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0609; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #80


Vertical ôban; 39.1 x 26.9 cm (15 3/8 x 10 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper