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」
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 1st month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)
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.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Two left sheets of an incomplete tetraptych.
Play: Keisei Somewaketazuna
Yoshitaki hitsu (on right sheet), Yoshitaki ga (on left sheet)
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