Geisha (Geiko): Actor Iwai Hanshirô V as Katanaya Hanshichi, from the series Three Pleasures of Present-day Osaka (Tôsei Naniwa no sankô)

「当世浪花の三興 芸子」 「刀屋半七」 五代目岩井半四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1821 (Bunsei 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Schaap, Kunisada (exh. cat., 2016), p. 21, fig. 12, and checklist 1-28

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25.2 cm (14 3/8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21938

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Optional triptych: 11.21396-8 (no virtual record)
Most likely designed during the time when Kunisada was in Osaka, from the first month to the tenth month of Bunsei 4 (1821).
 国貞の在坂期間は文政4年正月頃から10月上旬頃なのでその期間中の作品ヵ。

Signed

Ukabuse ni oite Kunisada ga
於浮瀬亭国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
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