Ôtsu: (Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as) Matahei, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)
「東海道五十三次之内 大津 又平」 四代目中村歌右衛門
Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-54, p. 159; Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #19
Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 25.5 cm (14 7/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Station no. 54.
MFA impressions: 11.29388, 11.29440, 11.43281, 59.1147.83
Forms a diptych with: 11.43282, 11.45319, 59.1147.82
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Rat 5
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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