Actor Caricatures: Matsumoto Kinshô I (TR), Ichimura Uzaemon XII (TC), Ichikawa Shinsha I (TL), Nakamura Utaemon IV (BR), Bandô Shûka I (BC), Sawamura Ujûrô 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)」 初代松本錦升、十二代目市村羽左衛門、初代市川新車、四代目中村歌右衛門、初代坂東しうか、二代目沢村宇十郎ヵ

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), #71; Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #140; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #123; Iwakiri 2011, #370; Suzuki 1992, #402; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #168

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.27004

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The dancing cat is probably from the play Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi at the Ichimura theater in the 7th month of 1847.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
一勇斎国芳戯画

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