Actor Arashi Rikan III as Saibara Kageyu, from the series Tales of Renowned Heroes (Kômei buyû den)
「高名武勇伝 斎原かげゆ」 三代目嵐璃寛
1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1), 3rd month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 104 (as 11.35609a-b; this # not listed)
Vertical chûban; 25.2 x 17.4 cm (9 15/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Left sheet of incomplete triptych.
MFA impressions: 11.35609a-b (complete), 11.41926 (left sheet only)
Play: Meiboku Sendai Hagi
The Ikeda bunko impression has Tenmaya Kihei publisher’s mark. The MFA impression has Kinkadô Konishi publisher’s mark on the right sheet only.
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