Actors Iwai Kumesaburô III as Agemaki and Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Sukeroku, from the series Matches for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokku sen)
1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Miyagi Gengyo (Japanese, 1817–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)
Herwig, Vos, & Griffith, "Surprise Comparisons...," in Andon 96 (2014); Osaka Castle Museum, Mitate no sekai (exh. cat., 2004), #33
Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.9 cm (14 1/2 x 10 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.25085, 11.30031, 11.30066
Poem transcribed and translated in Andon 96, p. 59.
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga; Gengyo (on inset)
Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 11
No blockcutter's mark
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