Night Scene on a Balcony Overlooking a Pond with Carp

夜の鯉池

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G189 (no photo; descriptive title "Before a Zig-zag Bridge")

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 25.6 cm (14 11/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1070

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Center sheet of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 00.1070 (center sheet only, pub. Wakasaya), 11.29766VR (11.29766, 11.29774, 11.29775; pub. Sumiyoshiya), 11.43560a-c (complete triptych, Sumiyoshiya), 2009.5020.3 (right sheet only, Sumiyoshiya)

Marks (2012) says that the original publisher was Iseya Kanekichi and both the Wakasaya and Sumiyoshiya editions are reissues.

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark

改印:米良、渡辺
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock