Acts I to IV, from the series The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers, a Primer (Kanadehon Chûshingura, daijo, nidanme, sandanme, yodanme)
「仮名手本忠臣蔵 大序」「仮名手本忠臣蔵 二段目」「仮名手本忠臣蔵 三段目」「仮名手本忠臣蔵 四段目」
Four vertical yotsugiri on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.6 × 23.5 cm (14 × 9 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The complete series: 11.41414 to 11.41416.
Môsai ga (on each design)
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection