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Actor Caricatures, from the series Scribbles on a Storehouse Wall (Nitakaragura kabe no mudagaki)

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Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi kaku 一勇斎国芳かく


Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Hama Artist's seal: kiri


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) 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

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Iwakiri 2011, #371; Suzuki 1992, #404; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #170


Vertical ôban; 35.6 x 25.1 cm (14 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

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