Actor Nakamura Kumejirô as the Courtesan Kisegawa
1778 (An'ei 7), 3rd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Hosoban; 29.6 x 13.7 cm (11 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Kaidô Ichi Yawaragi Soga, part 2 (added in the 3rd month to a play that had opened in the 1st month)
Kumejirô’s first appearnce on stage.
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