Actors Arashi Rikaku II as Ume no Yoshibei (R) and Nakamura Tamashichi I as the Apprentice (Detchi) Chôkichi (L) in Nonaka no Ido

「野中の井戸 梅ノ由兵衛」二代目嵐璃珏 「でつち長吉」初代中村玉七

Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 8th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #469


Vertical chûban diptych; 25.5 x 37.2 cm (10 1/16 x 14 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Akanezome Nonaka no Kakureido
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has Kinkadô Konishi publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has Tenmaya Kihei publisher’s mark.


Hirosada (on each sheet)



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