Actor Nakamura Shikan IV as a Firefighter, from the series Flowers of Edo, Excitement at Night (Edo no hana yoru no nigiwai)
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Artist Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (Japanese, 1822–1866), Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke (Kaijudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Masakichi (Hori Masa) (Japanese)
Waseda db 201-1642 (R), 012-0315 (C), 012-0316 (L)
Vertical ôban; 34.9 × 24.1 cm (13 3/4 × 9 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.22715 (right sheet only), 11.37790-2 (complete triptych, with variant version of right sheet)
Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga
Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Matsushima Hori Masa
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