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
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.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 08.541.24a-b, 11.35629a-b
Play: Yotsu no Umi Taira no Yozakari
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)
 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