Actor Nakamura Tomijûrô II as the Courtesan Kikugawa
1833 (Tenpô 4), 1st month
Artist Shunbaisai Hokuei (Japanese, active about 1824–1837, died 1837)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 100; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 2 (1998), #308
Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 26 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Keisei Chigo-ga-fuchi
Unidentified publisher’s mark.
Shunkôsai Hokuei ga
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004)
 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