Actors Nakamura Sennosuke as Tanbaya Wakano, Mimasu Baisha I as Aoyama Shinzaemon (R), and Arashi Rikaku II as Furuteya Hachirobei (L), in Hanamomiji Naniwa no Nagame

「花楓浪速詠」 「丹波や若の 中村千之助」、「青山新左衛門 三枡梅舎」(初代)  「古手屋八郎兵衛 嵐璃珏」(二代目)

Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 8th month
Artist Hasegawa Munehiro (Japanese, active 1848–1867)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 114


Vertical chûban diptych; 24.2 x 36.4 cm (9 1/2 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: Hanamomiji Naniwa no Nagame
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.


Munehiro (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: 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