An Imaginary Scene of the Origin of the Cat Stone at Okabe, from the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road (Mitate Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi Okabe neko ishi no yurai): Actors Sawamura Sojûrô V (?) as Teranishi Kanshin (R), Onoe Kikugorô III as the Spirit o

「見立東海道五十三次岡部猫石の由来」 「寺西関心」五代目沢村宗十郎ヵ  三代目尾上菊五郎の猫石の精  「大江因幡之助」十二代目市村 羽左衛門

Japanese
Edo period
1847 (Kôka 4), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #17; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #172

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.6 x 73.8 cm (14 7/16 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.28742-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.28742 (right), 11.28743 (center), 11.28744 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.28742-4 (with censors’ seals), 11.41806a-c (without censors’ seals)

Play: Onoe Kikugorô Ichidai Banashi
Theater: Ichimura
尾上梅寿一代噺(おのえきくごろういちだいばなし)
 市村

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Muramatsu, Yoshimura
No blockcutter's mark
Unidentified publisher's mark
改印:村松、吉村
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: August 3, 1911)

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