Actors Nakamura Utaemon III (Shikan) as Shunkan and Nakamura Sankô I as Oyasu
1825 (Bunsei 8), 3rd month
Artist Shunkôsai Hokushû (Japanese, active 1810–1832)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 94; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #s 82, 83, 84 (actor identifications partly incorrect)
One third of vertical ôban sheet; 12 x 24.5 cm (4 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink, color and metallic pigment on paper, with embossing
Not On View
One sheet with three designs, now cut apart: 11.35334 (by Hokushû), 11.35335 (by Hokushû), 11.35336 (by Yoshikuni). Originally, 11.35335 was in the center of the sheet and was upside down relative to the other two images. The sheet was not supposed to be cut apart, but rather was intended to be folded in three and glued or fastened at the side edges to make a souvenir wallet, with a folded flap over the opening; all three pictures would then be right-side up.
Play: Hime Komatsu Ne no Hi no Asobi
Shunkôsai Hokushû ga
Artist's seal: Hokushû
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 29, 2004)
 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