Plum Blossoms at Their Height on a Spring Night: Actors Bandô Hikosaburô IV, Sawamura Chôjûrô V, Seki Sanjûrô III
Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.8 cm (14 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Center sheet of incomplete triptych, with the title on the left sheet.
MFA impressions: 11.40782 (center sheet only), 2009.4992.2a-c (complete)
Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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