Actor Bandô Takesaburô I as the Clerk (Tedai) Seishichi, from the series Seven Flourishing Plants on Lanterns for Summer Evenings (Suzumi chôchin sakari no nanakusa)
「涼調珍盛の七草 手代清七」 初代坂東竹三郎
Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25 cm (14 7/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.29739, 11.43167
The actor did play this part, but not until the 11th month of the year; so this design must be an imagined role (mitate).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 6
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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)
 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