Bamboo and Sparrows (Take ni suzume), from the series Collection of Fashionable Pairings, New Edition for the Year of the Rabbit (Fûryû aioi zukushi, U no haru shinpan)

「風流相生尽 卯春新板 竹にすゝめ」

Japanese
Edo period
1831 (Tenpô 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ezakiya Kichibei (Tenjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #61

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.7 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.42266

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series was first published in the 1820s and reprinted by the same publisher in 1831, with an expanded series title.

Signed

Gototei Kunisada ga

五渡亭国貞画

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