Actor Ôtani Hiroji III as Satsuma Gengobei (?), from the series Fans of the East (Azuma ôgi)
1775 (An'ei 4), 2nd month
Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)
Clark et al., The Actor's Image (1994), #319 and pl. 72
Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 21.8 cm (14 3/4 x 8 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Iro Moyô Aoyagi Soga
The series title, accompanying text, and mark of publisher Iwatoya Genpachi were cut off of this impression at the lower left.
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