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)
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
Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 24.7 cm (14 x 9 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The dancing cat is probably from the play Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi at the Ichimura theater in the 7th month of 1847.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
Censors' seals: Hama, Kinugasa
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
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