Actors Sawamura Tosshô II as Seijûrô (above), Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII as Torii, and Onoe Kikugorô V as Naruse (below), from the series Actors and Comedy, Comparisons of Hits (Haiyû rakugo atari kurabe)

「俳優落語当りくらべ」「清十郎 訥升」(二代目沢村訥升)、「鳥井 河原崎権之助」(七代目)、「鳴瀬 尾上菊五郎」(五代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1873 (Meiji 6), April


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-2473

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 23.8 cm (14 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.44378

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

Censor's seal: Chicken 4
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei
改印:酉四
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