Actor Onoe Kikugorô V as a Rakugo (Comedy) Performer, from the series Thundering Names, the Pride of Tokyo (Shoka raimei Tôkyô jiman)

「諸家雷名東京自慢」 落語 五代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period–Meiji era
1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1), 12th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Tsunoi (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 26.5 cm (14 3/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.44422

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Each print in the series lists the names of noted people in a particular entertainment-related occupation, with a famous kabuki actor playing the part of a person of that occupation.

Signed

Kunichika ga

国周画

Markings

Censor's seal: Dragon 12 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:辰十二改
彫師:片田彫長

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