Ishibe: Woman with Toothbrush, from the series Fifty-three Pairings for the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsui)

「東海道五十三対 石部」 歯を磨く美人

Japanese
Edo period
about 1845–46 (Kôka 2–3)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Iseya Ichibei (Japanese), Blockcutter Matsushima Fusajirô (Horikô Fusajirô, Hori Fusa) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks, Kunisada's Tôkaidô (2013), #T78-52; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S44.53

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.7 x 25.3 cm (14 13/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42972

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Station 52, from a series jointly designed by Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Kuniyoshi.

MFA impressions: 11.25022, 11.42962, 11.42972, 11.45385.52

Inscription

いせもとりならふ枕の二見潟
かたき石部てとらる合宿
   梅屋

Signed

Chôôrô Kuniyoshi ga
朝櫻楼国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mura
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Fusajirô
改印:村
彫師:彫工房次郎

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