Memorial Portrait of Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), 8th month
Publisher Hayashiya Shôgorô (Japanese)
Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 25.1 cm (14 x 9 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The censors’ seals are from the period 1847-1852, but Danjûrô died in 1854. Probably an older print was recycled, with its original seals intact, to create the memorial portrait. The MFA has several prints that may be examples of older designs recycled as memorial prints: 11.21897, 11.22042, 11.40155.
Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
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