Actor Ichimura Takenojô (Ichimura Takematsu III?) as En'ya Hangan Takasada, from the series Stories of the True Loyalty of the Faithful Samurai (Seichû gishi den no uchi)
「誠忠義士伝之内 塩谷判官高貞 市村竹之丞」 三代目市村竹松ヵ
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ôyama Toyojirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 25.4 cm (14 7/16 x 10 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Mitate (imaginary performance).
Takenojô V died in 1851, and Takenojô VI did not succeed to the name until 1964. This actor appears to be the son of Takenojô V, called Ichimura Takematsu III at the time and later known as Bandô Kakitsu I.
Nanajûkyû sai Toyokuni hitsu
Censor's seal: Rat 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô
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