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Snow on the Sumida River Embankment (Sumidagawa dote yuki no kei): Actors, R to L: Sawamura Tosshô I, Iwai Baiga (Hanshirô VI), Bandô Shûka (Mitsugorô IV), Onoe Baikô (Kikugorô III), Nakamura Shikan II, and Ichikawa Hakuen (Ebizô V)

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Konomi ni ôjite Kunisada ga (on sheets 1, 3, 5 from R), Ôju Kunisada ga (on sheets 2, 4, 6) 応需 国貞画 応好 国貞画


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1833 (Tenpô 4)


Vertical ôban hexaptych; 36.3 x 153 cm (14 5/16 x 60 1/4 in.)

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