Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV as Izaemon (R), Mimasu Daigorô IV as Kizaemon (C), and Nakayama Nanshi II as Yûgiri (L), in Chûkô Kuruwa Bunsho

「忠孝廓文章」 「伊左衛門」四代目中村歌右衛門  「喜左衛門」四代目三枡大五郎  「夕きり」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 Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #319


Vertical chûban triptych; 25.1 x 55.2 cm (9 7/8 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Kuruwa Bunsho
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has Kinkadô Konishi publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has Tenmaya Kihei publisher’s mark on center print, and illegible publisher’s mark on right print.


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