A Children's Calligraphy Gathering (Yôdô sekigaki kai)

「幼童席書会」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1842 (Tenpô 13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #92; Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #81; Iwakiri 2011, #251; Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #45

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 74.3 cm (14 5/16 x 29 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.16562-4

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.16562 (right), 11.16563 (center), 11.16564 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.16562-4, 11.41807a-c

During the Edo period, it was customary for calligraphy teachers to hold exhibitions of their pupils’ work twice a year, in the fourth month and the eighth month.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

No censor's seal
改印: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