Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Sekitori Shirafuji Genta (R), Iwai Kumesaburô III as Geisha Oshun (C), and Nakamura Fukusuke I (?) as Izutsuya Denbei (L)
「関取白藤源太」二代目片岡我童 「芸者おしゆん」三代目岩井粂三郎 「井筒屋伝兵衛」初代中村福助ヵ
1855 (Ansei 2), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Maruya Jinpachi (Marujin, Enjudô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban triptych; 35 x 73.8 cm (13 3/4 x 29 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No plays were being performed at the time this print was issued; it may be advance publicity.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 1
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
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