Garden Myrtle (Teizen no sarusuberi): (Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as) Monkey Trainer (Sarumawashi) Yojirô, from the series Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tôsei mitate sanjûroku kasen)

「当盛見立三十六花撰(とうせいみたてさんじふろくくわせん) 庭前の百日紅 猿廻し与次郎」 四代目市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 23.9 cm (13 7/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42404

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series: 36 sheets (11.42370-11.42405) plus title page (11.26606).

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawadô Hori Take

改印:戌二改
彫師:横川堂彫竹

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: 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