The Fashionable Six Poetic Immortals (Fûryû Rokkasen): Actor Nakamura Utaemon IV as Bishop Henjô (R) and Bun'ya no Yasuhide (L)
「風流六歌仙」 「へん正」 中村歌右衛門 「康秀」 中村歌右衛門
1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Artist Gosôtei Hirosada (Japanese, active 1826–1863, died about 1865)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 108 (as 11.35606a-f; this # not listed); Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #425; Keyes, PMA cat. (1973), #119 (no photo)
Vertical chûban diptych; 26 x 37.3 cm (10 1/4 x 14 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Two right sheets of an incomplete hexaptych.
MFA impressions: 08.541.6a-b (4 and 5 only), 11.35606a-f (complete hexaptych), 11.35607 (5 only), 11.41973a-b (1 and 2 only), 11.41998a-f (complete hexaptych)
Hirosada (on each sheet)
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