Act I and Act II in the series A Comical Chûshingura of Lanterns (Dôke chôchin-gura)

「道化てうちん蔵初段」 「道化てうちんぐら二段目」 (てうちん=提燈)

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.4 x 23.3 cm (13 15/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36757

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi hitsu
一勇斎国芳筆

Markings

No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection