Actor Sawamura Gennosuke I as Yorimitsu
1808 (Bunka 5), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Waseda db 201-5769 (intact sheet)
Cut from vertical ôban sheet; 11.8 x 11.7 cm (4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a sheet with six small images of actors, published by Tsuruya Kinsuke.
MFA impressions: 11.13708 (intact sheet), 11.25313 (TR only), 11.25752 (CR only), 11.40027 (BL only), 11.40029 (TL only), 11.40032 (CL only), 11.40033 (BR only)
Play: Iro Soyuru Nidai Genji
(this picture unsigned)
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