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Modern Flowers of Bravery (Tôsei isami no hana): Actors Nakamura Shikan IV (R), Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I (C), and Ichikawa Ichizô III (L)

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Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (right and left sheets), Gyokuôrô Yoshitoshi ga (center sheet) 一魁斎芳年画 玉桜楼芳年画


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), 2nd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Newland, Yoshitoshi (2011), #10; Museum of Kyoto, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi ten (2001), #46


Vertical ôban triptych

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Medium or Technique

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