Fall Section (Aki no bu), from the series Modern Views of the Four Seasons (Tôsei shiki no nagame)

「当世四季詠 秋之部」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsujiokaya Kamekichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G336-02, pl. 16 (an earlier edition with different blocks)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.2 x 71.1 cm (14 1/4 x 28 in.)

Accession Number

11.15831-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15831 (left), 11.15832 (center), 11.15833 (right)

Signed

Toyokuni hitsu (on each sheet)
豊国筆

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 4 (on center sheet only)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:改、巳四
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: August 3, 1911)

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