MFA impressions: 11.29525.1, 11.43297, 59.1147.2 This not-for-sale sheet (possibly given away as a bonus gift when prints were purchased) identifies the actors (some deceased) shown in the 55 sheets of the original series, before the extra designs were added.
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga 一陽斎豊国画
kinbaibai ("not for sale") seal Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Yokokawa Takejirô Printer's mark: Suriko Ô...kyû...
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:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1852 (Kaei 5)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban; 34 x 24 cm (13 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper