Actor Bandô Zenji, from the book Yakusha gakuya tsû (Actors in Their Dressing Rooms)
1799 (Kansei 11), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
The book: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 3, British Museum III (1987), pls. 318-22 (this page not illustrated)
One kohon page; 14.6 x 10.6 cm (5 3/4 x 4 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a book of 36 actor portraits, jointly designed by Toykuni I and Kunimasa (18 portraits each), with a frontispiece by Utamaro.
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