(Gyohai o itadakitai)/ Dyer Beetles from Yamashiro Province (Yamashiro ebizuru no mushi), from the series Auspicious Desires on Land and Sea (Sankai medetai zue)

「山海愛度図会  (ぎょはい)をいただきたい 山城ゑびつるの虫 五十三」

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Other artist Utagawa Yoshi-jo (Japanese, 1842–about 1885), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series: Robinson, Kuniyoshi (1961), list #117

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 25.1 cm (14 5/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.25987

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

No. 53 in the series.

The signature “Daiji” in the inset may refer to Kuniyoshi’s second daughter, Yoshi-jo.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (main design); Daiji ga (inset)
一勇斎国芳画(主絵) 大ニ画(挿入)

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12
No blockcutter's mark
Artist's seal: kiri
改印:衣笠、村田、子十二
彫師:なし

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