Actor Kataoka Gadô II as Kobuna Gengorô, from the series Lives of Modern Heroes (Tôsei jin'yû den)
about 1849 (Kaei 2)
Artist Ryûsai Shigeharu (Japanese, 1803–1853)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 105
Vertical chûban; 25 x 18.3 cm (9 13/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Keisei Setsugekka
Imaginary performance (mitate).
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