Shirasuka: (Actor Onoe Kikugorô III as) a Cat Monster (Nekozuka), from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「東海道五十三次之内 白須賀 猫塚」 三代目尾上菊五郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sumiyoshiya Masagorô, Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hinohara, Utagawa Kunisada (Ôta Mus., 2016), p. 125; Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-33, p. 142; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #174; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #89

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.6 cm (14 5/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43252

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station no. 33.

MFA impressions: 11.29403, 11.29476, 11.29524.14, 11.29525.42, 11.43252, 59.1147.132

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 3
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino
改印:米良、渡辺、子三
彫師:彫巳の

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