First Calligraphy Class of the New Year at a Fashionable School (Fûryû terako kissho hajime keiko no zu)

「風流てらこ吉書はじめけいこの図」

Japanese
Edo period
1804 (Kyôwa 4/Bunka 1)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Chiba City Mus., Ukiyo-e ni egakareta kodomotachi (2014), #72; Kumon Kodomo Kenkyûjo, Ukiyo-e no kodomotachi/Children Depicted in Ukiyoe (1995), #41 (left sheet only); Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #132

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.1 x 77.8 cm (15 3/8 x 30 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.13830-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.13830 (right), 11.13831 (center), 11.13832 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.13830-2 (complete triptych), *11.23035 (right sheet only, deaccessioned in 2012)

The date and title are written in the banners overhead, and the publisher’s name appears on various objects in the picture: a black box in the right sheet, a table leg in the center sheet, a notebook in the left sheet.

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame (on right and center sheets)
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: 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