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)


Catalogue Raisonné

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

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 34.7 x 73 cm (13 11/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.29766, 11.29774, 11.29775

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.29766 (right), 11.29774 (left), 11.29775 (center)

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 (on each sheet)
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 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