Actor Caricatures: Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII (TR), Nakayama Bungorô II (TL), Ichikawa Kuzô II (CR), Onoe Kikujirô II (?) (CL), Iwai Kumesaburô III (BR), Onoe Tamizô II (BL), from the series Scribbles on a Storehouse Wall (Nitakaragura kabe no mudagaki)

「荷宝蔵壁のむだ書き(にたからぐらかべのむだがき)」 八代目市川団十郎、二代目中山文五郎、二代目市川九蔵、二代目尾上菊次郎ヵ、三代目岩井粂三郎、二代目尾上多見蔵

Japanese
Edo period
about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Ibaya Senzaburô (Dansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #70; Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #141; Iwakiri 2011, #371; Suzuki et al., Utagawa Kuniyoshi ten (1996), #271; Suzuki 1992, #404; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #170

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 25.1 cm (14 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.27003

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi kaku
一勇斎国芳かく

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:浜、衣笠
彫師:なし

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: August 3, 1911)

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