Actors Nakamura Nakazô I as Hyôgo's Retainer, Later Nakajima Hachiemon (R), Ichikawa Raizô II as Nobuta Gorô (CR), Matsumoto Kôshirô III as Kikuchi Hyôgo (CL), and Ichikawa Komazô II as Nobuta's Retainer Komahei (L)

初代中村仲蔵の兵庫下部後ニ中島八右衛門  二代目市川雷蔵の信田五郎  三代目松本幸四郎の菊池兵庫  二代目市川高麗蔵の信田下部駒平

Edo period
1770 (Meiwa 7), 6th month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)

Catalogue Raisonné

Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #108 (center left sheet only)


Hosoban tetraptych; 31.3 x 57 cm (12 5/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.18565, 11.18947, 11.18949, 11.18948

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tetraptych: 11.18565 (L), 11.18947 (CL), 11.18948 (R), 11.18949 (CR)

Play: Katakiuchi Chûkô Kagami
Theater: Nakamura


Shunshô ga (on each sheet)



Artist's seal: Rin (in jar shape, 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: August 3, 1911)

[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