Actor Sawamura Shirogorô I [sic; actually Suketakaya Shirogorô] as Teraoka Heiemon
1806 (Bunka 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 24.6 cm (14 1/8 x 9 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Kanadehon Chûshingura
The actor changed his name from Suketakaya Takasuke II to Suketakaya Shirogorô at the time of this performance (he changed in back in 1808). He had formerly used the name Sawamura Shirogorô I (in 1767-9), which is probably the reason for the not-quite-correct inscription on this print.
No censor's seal
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