Actors Ichikawa Ebizô V as Saimyôji Tokiyori and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Mago Kobotoke Tôroku, No. 9 from the series Comparison of Fan Followings in the Eastern Capital (Tôto hiiki kurabe)

「東都贔屓競 九」 「最明寺時頼」五代目市川海老蔵、「馬士小仏藤六」四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 9th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sagamiya Tôkichi (Ai-To) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.7 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.42412

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Play: Koharu no En Mitsugumi Sakazuki
Theater: Ichimura

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Horse 9
No blockcutter's mark

改印:午九
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