Actor Iwai Kumesaburô III as Benten Kozô Kikunosuke, from the series Toyokuni's Caricature Pictures (Toyokuni manga zue)

「豊国漫画図絵 弁天小僧菊之介」 三代目岩井粂三郎

Japanese
Edo period
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), p. 34, fig. 5 (this impression); Fujisawa Akane, "Toyokuni to Mokuami...," in Ukiyo-e geijutsu 154 (2007), p. 51, fig. 1; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Edo kabuki (1995), #5-27; Ukiyo-e zenshû 5 (1957), fig. 157

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 25.5 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15102

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Imaginary performance (mitate).
 見立

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
改印:申九改
彫師:横川彫竹

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