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Flowers of Edo, Excitement at Night (Edo no hana yoru no nigiwai): Actors Nakamura Shikan IV (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (C), and Ichikawa Kodanji IV (L)

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Triptych: 11.37790-2 MFA impressions: 11.22715 (right sheet only), 11.37790-2 (complete triptych, with variant version of right sheet)


Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga (on each sheet) 一英斎芳艶画


Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa 改印: 申九改 彫師: 松島彫政


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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 201-1642 (R), 012-0315 (C), 012-0316 (L)


Vertical ôban, right sheet of triptych

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Medium or Technique

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