Actors Kawarazaki Sanshô I as Sarunosuke (above) and Bandô Mitsugorô VI as Kijin Omatsu (below), from the series Actors and Comedy, Comparisons of Hits (Haiyû rakugo atari kurabe)

「俳優落語あたりくらべ」「猿之助 三升」(初代河原崎三升)、「鬼神お松 坂東三津五郎」(六代目)

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


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.9 x 23.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44379

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII changed his name to Kawarazaki Sanshô I in September of 1843.

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