Genji Amusing Himself in the Garden (Genji teichû yûgyô no zu)

「源氏庭中遊行之図」

Japanese
Edo period
1862 (Bunkyû 2), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G277 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.4 x 46.2 cm (8 7/16 x 18 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45394.6a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From an album of seven miscellaneous creped triptychs plus a printed title page added when the album was constructed, 11.45394.1 to 11.45394.8a-c.
The photograph shows one two-page spread in the album plus one following page with the third, leftmost sheet of the triptych.

Signed

Kiô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)

喜翁豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Dog 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Yokokawa Hori Take (on center sheet only)

改印:戌四改
彫師:横川彫竹

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