Actors Ichikawa Sadanji I as Oshô Jirô (above) and Nakamura Shikan IV as Niô Nidayû (below), from the series Actors and Comedy, Comparisons of Hits (Haiyû rakugo atari kurabe)

「俳優落語当り競」「和尚次郎 左団次」(初代市川左団次)、「仁王仁太夫 中村芝翫」 (四代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6)?
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2479

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36 x 23.8 cm (14 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44376

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyohara Kunichika hitsu

豊原国周筆

Markings

No censor's seal
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei

改印:なし
彫師:渡辺彫栄

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