Geisha (Geiko): Actor Iwai Hanshirô V as Katanaya Hanshichi, from the series Three Pleasures of Present-day Osaka (Tôsei Naniwa no sankô)
「当世浪花の三興 芸子」 「刀屋半七」 五代目岩井半四郎
Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), p. 21, fig. 12, and checklist 1-28
Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25.2 cm (14 3/8 x 9 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Optional triptych: 11.21396-8 (no virtual record)
Most likely designed during the time when Kunisada was in Osaka, from the first month to the tenth month of Bunsei 4 (1821).
Ukabuse ni oite Kunisada ga
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