Actors Bandô Hikosaburô II as Koshô Kichisaburô and Segawa Kikunojô II as Yaoya Oshichi

「小姓吉三郎 坂東彦三郎」(二代目)、「八百屋お七 瀬川菊之丞」(二代目)

Edo period
1761 (Hôreki 11), 3rd month
Artist Kitao Shigemasa (Japanese, 1739–1820), Publisher Suharaya Saburobei (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Suzuki Harunobu (exh. cat., 2017), #13


Hosoban; 30.2 x 13.5 cm (11 7/8 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Out on Loan

On display at Fukuoka City Museum, Japan, July 7, 2018 – August 26, 2018


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Fude Tsubana Yaoya Oshichi
Theater: Ichimura

At the Nakamura theater in the 1st month of 1768, the same actors played the same roles shown in this print, reprising their earlier performance of 1761. The main feature was entitled Fudesome Soga no Tamazusa, with Yaoya Oshichi as the second feature. However, the earlier date seems more likely because of the benizuri-e technique.


Kitao Shigemasa ga


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)

[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