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Memorial Portrait of Actor Bandô Shûka II, with Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII and Arashi Otohachi III

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MFA impressions: 11.35974a-b, 11.35975a-b, 11.38568a-b




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, 1855 (Ansei 2), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #5-88; Hayashi, "Shini-e" (II), Ukiyo-e geijutsu 46 (1975), p. 18, fig. 37 (left sheet only); Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 1 (1935), p. 132


Horizontal ôban diptych

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Medium or Technique

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