Morning Glories, from the series Contest of [Modern] Flowers ([Jisei] hana kurabe)

「花くらへ」 朝顔

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.6 x 23.6 cm (14 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40918

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

Poem

「咲よはる呉服つゝらの網代垣好もやうや花の朝かほ 寉★舎清門」

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga

香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark

改印:浜、馬込
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