The Syllable Ho for Raised in Honmachi (Honmachi sodachi): Actors Iwai Kumesaburo III as Koito and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Sashichi, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Seisho nanatsu iroha)
「清書七伊呂波 （ほ） ほん町そだち」 「小いと」三代目岩井粂三郎、「佐七」初代中村福助
1856 (Ansei 3), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Publisher’s mark and censor’s seals in lower left margin, cut off of this impression.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 6
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: September 29, 2004)
 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