Actors in imaginary roles: Onoe Tamizô II as Mino Shôkurô (T), Fujikawa Tomokichi III as the courtesan Naniwazu (BR), Arashi Kichisaburô III as Akujirô Yoshizumi (BC), and Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Ise Shinkurô Nagauji (BL)

上段「美濃庄九郎 尾上多見蔵」(二代目)  下段右から「けいせい難波づ 藤川友吉」(三代目)  「悪二郎義澄 嵐吉三郎」(三代目)  「伊勢新九郎長氏 実川延三郎」(初代)

Edo period
about 1862 (Bunkyû 2), 1st month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 5 (2005), #136


Vertical chûban, two-tier tetraptych; 50 x 54 cm (19 11/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Actually a two-tier hexaptych missing the upper corners.

Play: Keisei Ômonguchi (Mitate)


Ôju Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki ga (on BL only), Yoshitaki (on other sheets)
応需一養亭芳瀧画 芳瀧画


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