Actor Caricatures: Seki Sanjûrô III (TR), Osagawa Tsuneyo IV (TL), Onoe Baikô IV (CR), Nakayama Genjûrô I (CL), Sawamura Sôjûrô V (BR), Ôtani Hiroemon V (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)」 三代目関三十郎、四代目小佐川常世、四代目尾上梅幸、初代中山現十郎、五代目沢村宗十郎、五代目大谷広右衛門

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), #69; Ôta Mem. Mus., Warau ukiyo-e (2013), #140; Iwakiri 2011, #370; Suzuki et al., Utagawa Kuniyoshi ten (1996), #271; Suzuki 1992, #401; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #167

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.27002

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 ga
一勇斎国芳画

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