Actors Bandô Takesaburô I, Bandô Shûka I (R), Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (C), Iwai Kumesaburô III, and Nakamura Fukusuke I (L)
初代坂東竹三郎、初代坂東しうか 八代目市川団十郎 三代目岩井粂三郎、初代中村福助
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 2nd month
Vertical ôban triptych; 34.7 x 73.2 cm (13 11/16 x 28 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.44149a-c (with wisteria background, publisher Izutsuya), 11.44150a-c (with checked fabric background, no publisher).
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 2
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Takichi
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