Actors Arashi Sankô I as Yamanaya Bunzô and Arashi Chidori I as Midori (R), Sawamura Kitô II as Urazatô (C), and Nakayama Bunshichi IV as Tokijirô (L), in Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki

「明烏夢泡雪」 「山名屋文三」初代嵐三幸 「みどり」初代あらし千鳥 「浦さと」二代目沢村其答 「とき次郎」四代目中山文七

Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 2nd month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #346


Vertical chûban triptych; 25.2 x 55.5 cm (9 15/16 x 21 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Akegarasu Yume no Awayuki
Theater: Chikugo

The Ikeda bunko impression has Tsutakan publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has no 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