Act VIII (Hachidanme), from the series Matched Pictures for The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers (Ekyôdai Chûshingura)

「絵兄弟忠臣蔵 八段目」

Japanese
Edo period
1830s
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Graybill et al, The Artist's Touch, the Craftsman's Hand (Portland Art Museum cat., 2011), p. 216, #98; the series: Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), checklist 1-89

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.4 cm (14 11/16 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

11.42307

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The complete series, not in order: 11.42304 to 11.42314.

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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