Actors Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Tsuruya Denzô (R) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Kaiya Zenkichi (L), in Yotsu no Umi Taira Chûkôden

「四海平忠孝伝」 「鶴屋伝三」初代実川延三郎  「貝屋善吉」四代目中村歌右衛門

Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #418


Vertical chûban diptych; 26 x 36.2 cm (10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 08.541.24a-b, 11.35629a-b

Play: Yotsu no Umi Taira no Yozakari
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has the Kinkadô Konishi publishers mark; both MFA impressions have the Tenmaya Kihei publisher’s mark.


Hirosada (on each 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)

[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