Man and Two Women Walking Near the River

川端で散歩する美人と男性

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 75.8 cm (14 3/16 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45546a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The background, by Kunimasa III (later Kunisada II) may be the earliest known work by this artist.

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and center sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet); Monjin Kunimasa ga (in background of left sheet)

香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画、門人国政画

Markings

Censor's seal: Mera
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良
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: 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