Actor Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as Kumagai Jirô Naozane, from the series Hits of a Lifetime (Issei ichidai atari kyôgen)
「一世一代当狂言」 「熊谷次郎直実 中村歌右衛門」（三代目）
1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Gerstle 2005, #233; the series: Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #164 (this print not illustrated)
Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 26.2 cm (14 11/16 x 10 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper, with embossing
Not On View
From a set of five prints issued for the “farewell performance” of Shikan (who in fact continued acting under another name).
Play: Ichinotani Futaba Gunki
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: 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