The Puzzle Song, a Popular Parody (Nandaibushi hayari no kaeuta): Actors Ichimura Kakitsu IV (R) and Nakamura Shikan IV (C) as News Singers (Yomiuri), and Sawamura Tosshô II as a Baby Minder (L)

「難題節 (なんだいぶしはやりのかへうた)」 四代目市村家橘の読売   四代目中村芝翫の読売  二代目沢村訥升の子守

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 2nd month
Blockcutter Hori Toyo (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 007-0511 (R), 007-0512 (C), 007-0513 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.41703a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu (on each sheet)
国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Snake 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Toyo
改印:巳二改
彫師:ホリトヨ

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