Peony (Botan): Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII and Ichikawa Kodanji IV, from the series Selection of Ten Flowers Currently in Full Bloom (Tôsei jukkasen)
「当盛十花撰 牡丹」 十三代目市村羽左衛門、四代目市川小団次
1858 (Ansei 5), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)
Kurahashi, "Kunisada no yakusha sentaku," Ukiyo-e Art 170 (2015), fig. 2-7 (11.45296)
Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25 cm (14 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.45296, 11.42929 (second series only)
From a series first issued in 1854, in six sheets, under the title “Six Flowers…,” and reissued in 1858 with four additional designs, under the title “Ten Flowers…” For the sheets already published, the censor’s seals remain the same in the second edition; but the series title and some of the actors’ faces are changed.
This print is one of the new designs.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (foreground); Hiroshige hitsu (background)
Censor's seal: Horse 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