Actor Ichikawa Ichizô III as Nisshin Denkichi and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Deiusumaru, No. 1 from the series Comparison of Fan Followings in the Eastern Capital (Tôto hiiki kurabe)

「東都贔屓競 一」 「日親伝吉」三代目市川市蔵、「丁宇寸丸」初代中村福助

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42416

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Toki ni Minna Minobu no Goriyaku
Theater: Morita

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni hitsu, in toshidama cartouche (above); Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (below)

応需豊国筆(年玉枠)、国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 8
No blockcutter's mark

改印:改、巳八
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: 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