Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Katô Masakiyo in Act 5 of the play Kiyome no Funauta
「清船諷 巻ノ五」 「加藤正清」四代目中村歌右衛門
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Publisher Kashimadô (Japanese)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #341
Vertical chûban; 25.6 x 18.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Right sheet of an incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.35585 (right sheet only), 11.35586a-c (complete triptych)
Play: Keisei Kiyome no Funauta
The Ikeda bunko impression has the Ningyôichi publisher’s mark. MFA 11.35585 has the Kashimadô publisher’s mark and 11.35586a-c has no publisher’s mark.
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)
 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