Actor Arashi Rikan III as Hangaku-jo
1850 (Kaei 3), 3rd month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #273
Vertical chûban; 25.5 x 18.5 cm (10 1/16 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of an incomplete diptych.
MFA impressions: 11.35635 (left sheet only), 11.35636a-b (complete diptych)
Play: Wada Kassen Onna Maizuru
The Ikeda bunko impression has the Meirakudô publisher’s mark on the right sheet. The MFA impressions have no publisher’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