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
1860 (Ansei 7/Man'en 1), 9th month
Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)
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
Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 25.5 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
Censor's seal: Monkey 9 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take
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