Chrysanthemum: Actors Sawamura Gennosuke I (=Sawamura Sôjûrô IV) and Segawa Rokô IV, from the series Actors as Flowers of the Three Cities (Yakusha Mitsu no hana)
「役者 美津の花」 菊 初代沢村源之助（四代目沢村宗十郎）、四代目瀬川路考
Vertical ôban; 39.4 x 26.5 cm (15 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Three prints from the same series: 11.22368, 11.22369, 11.22463
The actor changed his name from Sawamura Gennosuke I to Sawamura Sôjûrô IV in the 11th month of 1811; it is not clear whether this print was published before or after the name change. Rokô IV died in the 11th month of 1812.
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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