Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ôtsuya Matahei and Nakamura Tomosa II as the Head Clerk (Bantô) Monbei (R), Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Nagoya Sanza (C), and Nakayama Nanshi II as Matahei's Daughter (Musume) Kaide (L), in Act 6 of Inazuma Sôshi

「稲妻双紙 巻ノ六」 「大津屋又平」四代目中村歌右衛門、「番頭門兵衛」二代目中村友三  「名古屋山三」初代実川延三郎  「娘かゐで」二代目中山南枝

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #314


Vertical chûban triptych; 25 x 55 cm (9 13/16 x 21 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Satomoyô Kabuki no Inazuma
Theater: Naka


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