Actors Arashi Rikaku II as Fujiya Izaemon (R), Arashi Rikan III as Yûgiri (C), Onoe Baikô 4.5 (later Jitsukawa Enjaku I) as Osaki, and Nakamura Jakuemon I as Kizaemon (L), in Kuruwa Bunsho

「廓文章」 「藤や伊左衛門 嵐璃珏」(二代目)  「夕ぎり 嵐璃寛」(三代目)  「おさき 尾上梅幸」(4.5代目尾上梅幸=初代実川延若)、「喜左衛門 中村雀右衛門」(初代)

Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 3rd month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 113; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #091


Vertical chûban triptych; 24.1 x 53.6 cm (9 1/2 x 21 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Kuruwa Bunsho
Theater: Chikugo

The actor later known as Jitsukawa Enjaku I used the name Onoe Baikô from 1/1859 to 2/1863 but is not considered a formal member of the lineage; he falls between the official Baikô IV and Baikô V.


Yoshitaki ga (on each sheet)


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)

[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection