Actors Mimasu Daigorô IV as Nagoya Sanzaemon (R) and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Fuwa Banzaemon (L), in Act 2 of Inazuma Sôshi

「稲妻双紙 巻ノ弐」 「名古屋山左衛門」四代目三枡大五郎  「不破伴左衛門」四代目中村歌右衛門

Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 9th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Meirakudô (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #311


Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.2 cm (9 13/16 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: 11.35598 (left sheet only), 11.35599a-b (complete diptych)

Play: Satomoyô Kabuki no Inazuma
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has no publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has Meirakudô 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