Memorial Portrait of Actor Onoe Kikugorô III, with Onoe Baikô IV
1849 (Kaei 2), 4th month
Artist Unknown, Japanese
Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.26624, 11.44679
Kikugorô III had officially retired from the stage in 1847.7, but he returned under the name Ôkawa Hashizô I in 1848.4 and continued to act until his death in 1849.4. The text on this print describes his death while travelling on the Tôkaidô Road, at Kakegawa Station.
Onoe Baikô IV, shown here watering a chrysanthemum in honor of his illustrious predecessor, became Onoe Kikugorô IV in 1855.9 and kept the name until his death in 1860.
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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