Title page, from the series Actors for the Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Yakusha mitate Tôkaidô gojûsan eki), also called Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)
「役者見立 東海道五十三駅」 目録
Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-00 (with more colors), p. 160
Vertical ôban; 34 x 24 cm (13 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
MFA impressions: 11.29525.1, 11.43297, 59.1147.2
This not-for-sale sheet (possibly given away as a bonus gift when prints were purchased) identifies the actors (some deceased) shown in the 55 sheets of the original series, before the extra designs were added.
The impression illustrated in Marks, Kunisada’s Tôkaidô (2013), has alternating shades of red and pink as background for the actors’ names, but all three MFA impressions have color only in the border.
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga
kinbaibai ("not for sale") seal
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Yokokawa Takejirô
Printer's mark: Surikô Ôumiya Kyûtarô
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