Actors Visiting a Special Image Viewing (Kaichô): Ichimura Uzaemon XII and Ichikawa Kuzô II (R); Ichikawa Ebizô V, Sawamura Tosshô I, and Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII, formerly Ichikawa Shinnosuke II (C); Iwai Shijaku I and Nakamura Utaemon IV (?) (L)

「市村羽左衛門」(十二代目)、「市川九蔵」(二代目)  「市川海老蔵」(五代目)、「訥升」(初代沢村訥升)、「八代目 市川新之助」(前の二代目市川新之助、今は八代目市川団十郎)  「岩井紫若」(初代)、「中村歌右衛門」(四代目ヵ)

Edo period
mid 1830s
Artist Utagawa Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873)


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.2 × 76.6 cm (15 1/16 × 30 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



The inscriptions identify young Danjûrô VIII, in the center sheet, as both “Ichikawa Shinnosuke” (his original stage name, which he had stopped using in 1825, and “Eighth generation (hachidaime),” referring to his assumption of the name Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII in 1832.3, when he was only nine years old. This suggests a date of around 1832.3 for the print; however, Ichikawa Kuzô II (in the right sheet) did not take this name until 1835.11. Nakamura Utaemon IV took the name in 1836.1, but he was in Osaka at the time. He had previously played in Edo, from 1827 to 1833, under his earlier name of Nakamura Shikan II.


Gountei Sadahide ga (on each sheet)


Censor's seal: kiwame


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