Nakamura Kansuke Masatatsu, from the series Portraits of the Faithful Samurai of True Loyalty (Seichû gishi shôzô)

「誠忠義士肖像 中村勘助正辰」

Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri et al., Edo no eiyû (2010), #138; Clark, Kuniyoshi from Miller Coll. (2009), #47; Schaap, Heroes and Ghosts (1998), #98; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S78.6


Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Kuniyoshi ga 国芳画


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12 Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take 改印:衣笠、村田、子十二 彫師:横川彫竹


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) NOTES: [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