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Narumi and Miya: Actor Nakamura Utaemon as Hidari Jingorô, from the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road Divided between Two Famous Artists (Tôkaidô gojûsan eki meiga no kakiwake)

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Konomi ni makase nanajûkyû sai Toyokuni ga (Drawn at your pleasure by seventy-nine-year-old Toyokuni); Motome ni ôjite Seisei Kyôsai (Seisei Kyôsai by special request) 任好七十九歳豊国画


Artists' seals: toshidama (after Toyokuni's signature); Seisei (after Kyôsai's signature)


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, 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 6th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), #22; the series: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 3, British Museum III (1987), pls. 27-32 (this design not illustrated)


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Medium or Technique

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