Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III and Iwai Shijaku I, from the series Actors and Precious Children (Haiyû kodakara awase)
Publisher Yorozuya Kichibei (Japanese)
Waseda db 201-1664
Vertical ôban; 36.2 x 24.4 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Iwai Kumesaburô III took the name in 1832.11, at the age of 3. Iwai Shijaku I (born in 1804) played in Edo under this name from 1835.04 to 1844.03.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seal: kiwame
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