Actors Kataoka Gadô II as Kameya Chûbei (R), Nakamura Sennosuke as Umekawa, and Mimasu Baisha I as Magoemon (L)

「亀屋忠兵へ 片岡我童」(二代目)  「梅川 中村千之助」、「孫右衛門 三枡梅舎」(初代)

Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 10th month

Catalogue Raisonné

Edo-Tokyo Museum, Dai Ukiyo-e ten (2014), #368; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.3 x 36.4 cm (9 9/16 x 14 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Play: Koi-bikyaku Yamoto Ôrai
Theater: Kado

The Kamigata actor Nakamura Sennosuke, active between 1825 and 1885, is identified in the Ikeda Bunko catalogue as Sennosuke I; but according to the Kabuki21 website, the name was first used in Edo in 1792.1 to 1799.10. Officially, the name Sennosuke II was awarded to a Tokyo actor during the Meiji era. Furthermore, there may have been more than one Kamigata actor using the name between 1825 and 1885. In view of the confusion, for the time being, no lineage number has been assigned to the Nakamura Sennosuke active in Kamigata.


Yoshitaki giga (on left 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