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」
Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #61
Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.7 cm (14 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
The series was first published in the 1820s and reprinted by the same publisher in 1831, with an expanded series title.
Gototei Kunisada ga
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection