Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Fukami Katsugorô (R) and Nakayama Nanshi II as Otsuyu (L), in Act 2 of Kiyome no Funauta

「清船諷 巻ノ弐 深見勝五郎」 四代目中村歌右衛門  「おつゆ」 二代目中山南枝

Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st 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), #336


Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36 cm (9 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Keisei Kiyome no Utafuna
Theater: Naka

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