The Akasaka Footman (Akasaka yakko), from the series Ôtsu-e Paintings in the Modern Style (Imayô Ôtsu-e)
The series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-3, photo p. 153
Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 27 cm (15 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.15438, 11.29755
According to Schaap, there are 6 designs in the series. The continuous background means that they can be assembled as an optional polyptych.
Gototei Kunisada ga
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: August 3, 1911)
 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