Plum Blossoms: Actors Onoe Matsusuke II (formerly Onoe Eizaburô I) and Sawamura Tanosuke III, from the series Actors as Flowers of the Three Cities (Yakusha Mitsu no hana)
「役者 三津の花」 梅 二代目尾上松助、三代目沢村田之助
Vertical ôban; 39.4 x 26.2 cm (15 1/2 x 10 5/16 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 Onoe Eizaburô I took the name Onoe Matsusuke II in 1809.11; in 1814.11 he became Onoe Baikô II.
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