Hibiscus (Fuyô): Actor Sawamura Tosshô II, from the series Matches for Six Selected Flowers (Mitate rokkasen)

「見立六花撰」 芙蓉 二代目沢村訥升

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.5 x 25.1 cm (14 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.15469

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem by Tosshô

「眠き日をいく夜経ぬらん咲芙蓉 訥升」

Signed

Konomi ni makase Nanajûhassai Toyokuni hitsu

任好七十八歳豊国筆(年玉印)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 7 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Katada Hori Chô

改印:亥七改
彫師:片田彫長

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