Actors Meeting at Shinchi in Osaka: Nakamura Tsuruzô I, Mimasu Daigorô IV, Nakamura Fukusuke I, Nakamura Utaemon IV (R); Arashi Rikan III, Ichimura Takenojô V, Kataoka Ichizô I, Sawamura Kitô III (L)

「難波新地」 初代中村鶴蔵、初代中村福助、四代目三枡大五郎、四代目中村歌右衛門  三代目嵐璃寛、五代目市村竹之丞、初代片岡市蔵、三代目沢村其答ヵ

Edo period
about 1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tanbaya Hanjirô (Tanhan) (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Vertical ôban diptych; 36.9 x 50.3 cm (14 1/2 x 19 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.22102-3, 11.43934a-b

An imaginary scene of Ichimura Takenojô V, in the foreground on the left sheet, greeting the actors of Osaka. The print was presumably made in anticipation of Takenojô’s planned visit to Osaka, after his farewell performance in Edo in the 6th month and before his unexpected death in the 8th month.


Ôju Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
応需豊国画 応需香蝶楼豊国画


Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Takichi


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