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A Ferryboat on the Sumida River (Sumidagawa wataribune no zu): Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Kameya Chûbei, Iwai Kumesaburô III as Tsuchiya Umegawa (R), Bandô Shûka I as Hitomaru no Oroku, Nakamura Fukusuke I as Echigo Zenkichi, Bandô Takesaburô I as Hayano K

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Imaginary scene (mitate) with various characters from plays presented at the three theaters in 1854.


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 12 Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take 改印: 寅十二、改 彫師: 彫竹


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, 1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 12th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.9 x 75.2 cm (14 1/8 x 29 5/8 in.)

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