Actors Nakayama Nanshi II as Umegae (R) and Jitsukawa Enzaburô I as Kajiwara Genta (L)

「梅ヶ枝」二代目中山南枝  「梶原源太」初代実川延三郎

Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4), 8th month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865), Publisher Tsutakan (Japanese), Publisher Kinkodô (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 107; Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #384


Vertical chûban diptych; 25 x 36.3 cm (9 13/16 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



MFA impressions: 08.541.4a-b, 11.35556a-b

Play: Hiragana Seisuiki
Theater: Naka

08.541.4a-b has Kinkodô publisher’s mark as does the Ikeda bunko impression. 11.35556a-b has Tsutakan publisher’s mark on the right sheet, Kinkodô publisher’s mark on the left sheet.


Hirosada (on right 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