Actors Nakamura Sankô I as the Courtesan (Keisei) Hanatono (R) and Ichikawa Ebijûrô I as Saitô Kuranosuke (L)

「斉藤内蔵之介 市川鰕十郎」(初代)  「けいせい花の戸 中村三光」(初代)

Edo period
1822 (Bunsei 5), 1st month
Artist Ganjôsai Kunihiro (Japanese, active about 1815–1843), Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Musée national d'histoire et d'art, Luxembourg, Schätze der Kamigata (exh. cat., 2012), #411; Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 91; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 1 (1997), #113


Vertical ôban diptych; 37 x 49.8 cm (14 9/16 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



MFA impressions: 11.36015 (left sheet only), 11.36040a-b (complete diptych)

Play: Keisei Somewake Tazuna
Theater: Naka


Shunkôsai Hokushû ga (right sheet), Ganjôsai Kunihiro ga (left sheet)
春好斎北洲画 丸丈斎国広画


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