Actor Arashi Kitsusaburô I (Rikan) as the Monkey Trainer (Sarumawashi) Yojirô, in the Horikawa Scene of the Play Oshun and Denbei (Oshun Denbei Horikawa no Dan)
「おしゆん伝兵衛 堀河の団 猿廻し与次郎 嵐橘三郎」
about 1821 (Bunsei 4), 9th month (?)
Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 38.4 x 26.7 cm (15 1/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.30331, *11.40038 (deaccessioned in 2012)
The great Osaka actor known by his poetry name Rikan had played the role of Yojirô in the first production of the play Sarumawashi Kadode no Hitofushi, at the Kado theater in 1795.7. However, the drawing style of this print indicates a later date. It may have been made as a memorial print (shini-e) at the time of his death in 1821.
Censor's seal: kiwame
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection