Imaginary Casting for the Play Senryô Nobori (Mitate Senryô Nobori): The Late Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (R), Bandô Shûka I, and Arashi Otohachi III (L)
「見立千両幟」 八代目市川団十郎 初代坂東しうか、三代目嵐音八
1855 (Ansei 2), 3rd month
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 49.4 cm (14 1/8 x 19 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate) featuring three recently deceased actors.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 3
No blockcutter's mark
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)
 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