The Fox Ken Game of Osaka (Ôsaka kitsune ken): Actors Nakamura Utaemon IV and Onoe Tamizô II

「大阪きつねけん」 四代目中村歌右衛門、二代目尾上多見蔵

Japanese
Edo period
1849 (Kaei 2), 10th month
Artist Satomi Tachô (Utagawa Yoshikane) (Japanese, 1832–1881), Publisher Tsujioka Bunsuke (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Linhart, "Kuniyoshi's ken caricatures," Andon 83 (2008), p. 23, translation of poem

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.5 x 25 cm (14 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37383

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.37382, 11.37383

Signed

Ichirinsai Yoshikane ga

一隣斎芳廉画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu
No blockcutter's mark

改印:福、村松
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: 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