Morning Glory (Kengyûka/asagao): Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I and Arashi Kichiroku I, from the series A Selection of Ten Flowers Now in Full Bloom (Tôsei jukkasen)

「当盛十花撰 牽牛花(けんぎゅうか、あさがお)」 初代河原崎権十郎、初代嵐吉六

Japanese
Edo period
1858 (Ansei 5), 6th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Sugawa Sennosuke (Hori Sennosuke) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 500-0601

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.9 x 25.6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45292

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.21909 (first edition, series of 6), 11.29058 (first edition, series of 6), 11.29696 (first edition, series of 6), 11.45292 (second edition, series of 10)

From a series first issued in 1854, in six sheets, under the title “Six Flowers…,” and reissued in 1858 with four additional designs, under the title “Ten Flowers…” For the sheets already published, the censor’s seals remain the same in the second edition; but the series title and some of the actors’ faces are changed.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (foreground), Hiroshige hitsu (background)
豊国画(年玉枠)、広重筆

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Tiger 6 (from first edition)
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Sennosuke
改印:改、寅六
彫師:彫千之助

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