The Syllable Yu: Actor Fujikawa Tomokichi III, from the series Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary (Nanatsu iroha)
「七ツいろは （ゆ） しづの女お菊 藤川友吉（ふじかわともきち）」（三代藤川友吉の賎の女お菊）
1862 (Bunkyu 2), intercalary 8th month
Artist Ichiyôtei Yoshitaki (Japanese, 1841–1899)
Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 116; other prints in the series: Ikeda bunko, Kamigata yakusha-e shûsei, vol. 4 (2003), #618
Vertical chûban; 25.1 x 18.5 cm (9 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series collectively designed by Kunikazu, Enjaku, and Yoshitaki.
見立の役者絵。「七ツいろは」と題されるシリーズの1図。 – 武藤 純子Ｋ
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