A Splendid View of Flowers in Full Bloom on the Banks of the Sumida River (Sumida-zutsumi hana-zakari no kôkei)

「隅田堤花盛の光景」

Japanese
Edo period
1855 (Ansei 2), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.4 x 46.2 cm (8 7/16 x 18 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45394.4a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From an album of seven miscellaneous creped triptychs plus a printed title page added when the album was constructed, 11.45394.1 to 11.45394.8a-c.
The photograph shows one two-page spread in the album plus one following page with the third, leftmost sheet of the triptych.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 12
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、卯十二
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: 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