Memorial Portrait of Utagawa Kunisada I (Kôchôrô Toyokuni shôzô)

「豊国院貞匠画僊居士」「香蝶楼豊国肖像」(死絵)

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), p. 49, fig. 3; Marks, Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010), p. 126; Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #267

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.7 cm (14 5/8 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

53.450

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

「二代目歌川豊国本姓角田氏通称肖造始名五渡亭国貞ト云 元治元甲子年十二月十五日没 寿八十歳亀戸亀命山光明寺葬」「辞世 一向に弥陀へまかせし筆のやすさ只何事も南無阿弥陀仏」

Signed

Kôshi (loyal son) Kunisada sha
孝子国貞写(年玉印)

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:子十二改
彫師:なし

Provenance

1953, sold by Warren E. Cox to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 14, 1953)

Credit Line

Asiatic Curator's Fund