Actor Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as Gotobei, from the series Hits of a Lifetime (Issei ichidai atari kyôgen)

「一世一代当狂言 五斗兵衛 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)

Edo period
1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Gerstle 2005, #234; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #164; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #75


Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 26 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.35369, 11.38803

Play: Yoshitsune Koshigoejô
Theater: Kado

From a set of five prints issued for the “farewell performance” of Shikan (who in fact continued acting under another name).


Shunkôsai Hokushû 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: January 19, 2005)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection