A Chûshingura Girl (Mitate chûgi musume)

「見立忠義むすめ」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Ichieisai Yoshitsuya (Japanese, 1822–1866), Publisher Yama-Yo (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Print by Sadafusa with a similar concept: Asano et al., Chûshingura VII (2014), list #2-1283, photo p. 229; Inagaki, Edo no asobi-e (1988), #18

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.1 × 24.7 cm (14 3/16 × 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.16670

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Bust portrait of a young woman whose costume is made up of props for the famous kabuki play The Storehouse of Loyual Retainers (Chûshingura).

Signed

Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga
一英斎芳艶画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印:米良、村田
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: 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