Hakone: (Actor Iwai Hanshirô VI as) Hatsuhana, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi)

「東海道五十三次の内 箱根 初花」 六代目岩井半四郎

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 3rd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T63-11, pp. 125, 127; Tamba (Tanba), Ukiyo-e Edo kara Hakone made (1963), #299 (actor identified as Kumesaburô VI)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34 x 24 cm (13 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.29525.8

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station no. 11.

MFA impressions: 11.29425, 11.29472, 11.29525.8, 11.43316, 11.43317, 59.1147.39
Forms a diptych with: 11.29066, 11.29397, 11.29479, 11.29524.26, 11.43318, 59.1147.40

From a partially bound album of prints: 11.29525.1-48

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe, Rat 3
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:米良、渡辺、子三
彫師: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