Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Shirai Gonpachi, with Lavender (Komurasaki), from the series Pictorial Mirror Stands Matched with Thirty Selected Flowers (E kyôdai mitate sanjû bokkasen)
Waseda db 401-0017; the series: Iwakiri, "Tenpô kaikaku," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 143 (2002), pp. 17-18
Vertical ôban; 36 x 24.7 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.28653, 11.36635
From a series of 16 known designs, of which the MFA has 4: 11.28653/11.36635, 11.36636, 11.36637, 11.36638
Iwakiri dates the series to 1845, just before the ban on actor prints was relaxed, and identifies Ishikawa Goemon (11.36636) as a portrait of ichikawa Danjûrô VIII. The Waseda db identifies Shirai Gonpachi (11.28653/11.36635) as Iwai Kumesaburô III; but neither source suggests actor identifications for the other prints in the series.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seal: Watari
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
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