Actor Nakamura Shikan IV, from the series Portraits as True Likenesses in the Moonlight (Makoto no tsuki hana no sugata-e)
Vertical ôban; 35.5 × 24.4 cm (14 × 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series of 38 sheets, including a title page, frontispiece, and 36 silhouette portraits.
Poem by the actor
Ikkeisai Yoshiiku sha
Censor's seal: Hare 3 aratame
No blockcutter'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