Book covers for Inu no sôshi, Part 35

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two covers; 18.3 x 23.8 cm (7 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45796.24

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The covers of two volumes published together: Vol. I (jô) at right, Vol. II (ge) at left. From an abridgement of Bakin’s novel Hakkenden, published 1848-74, written by Ryûtei Senka (1804-68) and illustrated by Kunisada II, with covers by Kunisada I (now using the signature Toyokuni).

Signed

Gedai Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

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