Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V, Ichikawa Saruzô I (R), and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (L)
1849 (Kaei 2), about 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.3 x 49.4 cm (13 7/8 x 19 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.21446a-b, 11.43909a-b, *11.45368a-b (deaccessioned in 2012)
Shows the 1849 visit of Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII to Kamigata where he met with his exiled father, Ichikawa Ebizô V (formerly Danjûrô VII).
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Yoshimura
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take (right sheet only)
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