From the Story of the Monstrous Rats (Kaisôden no uchi): Actors Ichikawa Danjûrô VIII as Kanja Yoshitaka (top) and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Katsuma Shintarô (bottom)
「怪鼠伝之内」 「冠者義高」八代目市川団十郎 「勝間新太郎」初代中村福助
1854 (Kaei 7/Ansei 1), intercalary 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Ôta Mem. Mus., Edo yôkai dai zukan (2014), #241
Vertical ôban, upright diptych; 71.6 x 24.5 cm (28 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Imaginary performance (mitate).
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger intercalary 7
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection