Actors Sawamura Kodenji II and Ôtani Hiroji I (R); Ichimura Uzaemon VIII and Segawa Kikunojô I (C); Ogino Izaburô I and Segawa Kichijirô I (L); from the series Twenty-four Pairs of Actors Sharing Umbrellas (Yakusha aigasa nijûshi tsui)

「役者相傘」 「沢村小伝次」(二代目)、「大谷広次」(初代)  「役者相傘」 「市村宇左衛門」(八代目)、「瀬川菊之丞」(初代)  「役者相傘」 「荻野伊三郎」(初代)、「瀬川吉次郎」(初代)

Edo period
about mid 1740s
Artist Torii Kiyonobu II (Japanese, active about 1725–1760), Publisher Mikawaya (2) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Mutô, Shoki Ukiyo-e to Kabuki (2005), no. 0201-3


Uncut hosoban triptych; 30.1 x 44.6 cm (11 7/8 x 17 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Mutô suggests a date of about 1744 (Kanpô 4/Enkyô 1), but the KABUKI21 website says that Kodenji II did not begin using the name until the 11th month of 1746, so this print may be slightly later.


Eshi Torii Kiyonobu hitsu


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[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