Contest of Comic Pictures (Kyôga awase)
about 1868 (Keiô 4/Meiji 1)
After Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861)
Vertical ôban diptych
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From an album of satirical prints, 11.34998.1-112, most of which are dated to around 1868. Probably a posthumous copy by an unknown artist, possibly based on book illustrations.
Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi giga
No censor's seal
No blockcutter's mark
No publisher'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: September 29, 2004)
 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