The Koishikawa Scene (Koishikawa no dan) of the play Itozakura Honchô Sodachi (above) and the Kusatsu Scene (Kusatsu no dan) of the play Hizakurige, from the series A Collection of Comical Ballads (Dôke jôruri zukushi)
「道化 浄瑠璃尽 糸桜本町育 小石川の段」、「道化 浄瑠璃尽 膝栗毛 草津のだん」
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 37 x 25.1 cm (14 9/16 x 9 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
No publisher’s mark on this impression, but another print in the series, 11.36678, has the mark of Hayashiya Shôgorô.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga (above), Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi kyôga (below)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
No blockcutter's mark
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