Tales of Loyalty and Heroism (Chûkô buyû den): Actors Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Mashiba Hisatsugu (R), Nakayama Nanshi II as Yodomachi Gozen (C), and Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ishida no Tsubone (L)

「忠孝武勇伝」 「真柴久次」初代実川延三郎  「淀町御前」二代目中山南枝  「石田ノ局」四代目中村歌右衛門

Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 8th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #299


Vertical chûban triptych; 24.5 x 54.7 cm (9 5/8 x 21 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Chigogafuchi Koi no Shiranami
Theater: Naka

The Ikeda bunko impression has Kawaoto publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has no publisher’s mark.


Hirosada (on each sheet)



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)

[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