Actor Sawamura Tanosuke III (?) as a Tomimoto-style Musician, from the series Thundering Names, the Pride of Tokyo (Shoka raimei Tôkyô jiman)
「諸家雷名東京自慢」 富本 三代目沢村田之助ヵ
1869 (Meiji 2), 1st month
Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Each print in the series lists the names of noted people in a particular entertainment-related occupation, with a famous kabuki actor playing the part of a person of that occupation.
Ichiôsai Kunichika ga
No censor's seal (date is written into background, at lower left)
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
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