No. 20, Asagao: Actor Segawa Kikusaburô I (?), from the series Fifty-four Chapters of Edo Purple (Edo murasaki gojûyo-jô)
「江戸紫五十四帖 第二十 朝皃」初代瀬川菊三郎ヵ
1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Artist Unidentified, Japanese, Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)
Vertical ôban; 35 x 24.3 cm (13 3/4 x 9 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Artist of inset not identified.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Monjin Tanizô (?) ga (background)
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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