Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as as Katô Masakiyo
1851 (Kaei 4), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107
Vertical chûban; 24.9 x 18.4 cm (9 13/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Keisei Kiyome no Funauta
Publisher's mark: not fully legible; perhaps either Kinkadô Konishi or Kinkodô.
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