Kotoma of the Akashiya in The Warbler in the Plum Tree (Ôshukubai), from the series Costume Parade of the Kita-Shinchi Quarter in Osaka (Ôsaka Kita-Shinchi nerimono)

「大阪北新地ねり物 鶯宿梅 明石屋 小とま」

Japanese
Edo period
1837 (Tenpô 8), 6th month
Artist Ryûsai Shigeharu (Japanese, 1803–1853), Publisher Shôhonya Seishichi (Honsei) (Japanese), Publisher Wataya Kihei (Wataki) (Japanese), Publisher Tenmaya Kihei (Tenki) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kitagawa, "Bosuton bijutsukan shozô Kamigata-e mokuroku" (Kansai daigaku, 2007), p. 125; Schwaab, Osaka Prints (1989), #269

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37 x 26.2 cm (14 9/16 x 10 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38817

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 06.824.3, 11.38817

Signed

Ryûsai Shigeharu ga
柳斎重春画

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