Actors Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Shimakawa Tahei, Ogawa Kichitarô III as Isogai Tôsuke (R), Nakamura Utaemon III as Funagoshi Kyûhachi, and Nakayama Bunshichi III as Isogai Heisuke (L)

「しま川太兵へ 市川蝦十郎」(初代)、「磯貝藤助 小川吉太郎」(三代目)  「船越九八 中村歌右衛門」(三代目)、「磯貝平助 中山文七」(三代目)

Edo period
1817 (Bunka 14), 3rd month
Artist Harukawa Ashihiro (Japanese, active 1816–1836), Artist Ashihisa (Japanese, active 1817), Publisher Shioya Chôbei

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 88


Vertical ôban diptych; 38 x 51.2 cm (14 15/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35037, 11.35040

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Diptych: 11.35037 (right, by Ashihiro), 11.35040 (left, by Ashihisa)

Play: Katakiuchi Midô no Mae
Theater: Kado


Ashihiro ga (on right sheet), Ashihisa ga (on left sheet)

あし広画 芦尚画


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)

[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