Actors Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Sankichi (R) and Arashi Kichisaburô III as Kuranosuke (L)

「三吉 実川延三郎 三」 「蔵之助 嵐吉三郎 四」

Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 117; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #177 (complete tetraptych)


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.5 x 35.6 cm (9 5/8 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Two left sheets of an incomplete tetraptych.

Play: Keisei Somewaketazuna
Theater: Naka


Yoshitaki hitsu (on right sheet), Yoshitaki ga (on left sheet)

芳瀧筆 芳瀧画


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: 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