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Yamatoya (Actor Iwai Hanshirô IV as Shirai Gonpachi), from the series Portraits of Actors on Stage (Yakusha butai no sugata-e)

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Toyokuni ga 豊国画


Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極


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, 1795 (Kansei 7), 1st month

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shuka 15 (TNM, 1980), p. 213, fig. 25; Yoshida, "'Yakusha butai no sugata-e kenkyû," Ukiyo-e 27 (1966), p. 31, #25


Vertical ôban; 39.2 x 24.5 cm (15 7/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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