Miraculous Paintings by Ukiyo Matabei (Ukiyo Matabei meiga kitoku)

「浮世又平名画奇特」

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke (Koshihei) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Nat. Mus. of J. Hist., Nishiki-e wa ika ni tsukarareta ka (2009), #58; Minami, Edo no fûshiga (1997), p. 186, fig. 46; Suzuki 1992, #443; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #82; Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 1 (1935), p. 8

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 37.5 x 51.3 cm (14 3/4 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17397a-b

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

MFA impressions: 11.17397a-b; 11.22130VR (11.22130, 11.28869); 11.28768-9; 11.28770-1; 11.28796-7; 11.28822-3; 11.28866VR (11.28866, 11.28873); 11.28867VR (11.28867, 11.28879); 11.28868VR (11.28868, 11.28870); 11.28871-2; 11.28874VR (11.28874, 11.28878); 11.28875 (left sheet only); 11.28876-7; 11.28880-1; 11.36491a-b

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Ox 6
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
Artist's seal: kiri

改印:福、村松、丑六
彫師:彫竹

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