Actors, from right: Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Nagoya Sanza, Nakamura Utaemon IV as Fuwa Banzaemon, Nakayama Nanshi II as Katsuragi, and Mimasu Daigorô IV as Sasaki Kurando, in Act 9 of Inazuma Sôshi

「稲妻双紙 巻ノ九」 「名古屋山三」初代実川延三郎 「不破伴左衛門」四代目中村歌右衛門 「かつら木」二代目中山南枝 「佐々木蔵人」四代目三枡大五郎

Edo period
1850 (Kaei 3), 9th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 106; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #317


Vertical chûban tetraptych; 25.1 x 72.9 cm (9 7/8 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.35567a-c, 11.41929

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Tetraptych: 11.35567a-c (three left sheets), 11.41929 (right sheet)

MFA impressions: 11.35567VR (11.35567a-c, 11.4192), 11.35597a-d

Play: Satomoyô Kabuki no Inazuma
Theater: Naka


Hirosada (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: 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