Garden at Night (Yoru no niwa), from the series Fashionable Genji (Fûryû Genji)

風流源氏夜の庭

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G550-01, pl. 272; Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #155; Seikado, Kunisada (exh. cat., 1996), #143; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 248, ôban triptych #94.8

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.8 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15161, 11.17159

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two left sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.15161 (right), 11.17159 (left)
The title is on the missing right sheet of the triptych.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet); Hiroshige hitsu (on left sheet)

豊国画(年玉枠) 広重筆

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Ox 12
Blockcutter's marks: Yokokawa Hori Take (on right sheet), Hori Take (on left sheet)

改印:改、丑十二
彫師:横川彫竹 彫竹

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