No. 14, Tokonatsu, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 とこ夏の話 十四」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.8 x 25.3 cm (14 1/2 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45311

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42800, 11.45311

Inscription

とこ夏の話

はらから ひとしく うたひめにて
その名 いたう たかかりしが はからぬ
ことにて 三たりとも おなし くがいに
身をしづめ 夜ごとにかはる まらう
どの まくらのちりを はらひたり
しに ひごとに むかふ すがたみに
うつるすがたの かはりゆきしを

 なまめかす
   こころはづかし 女郎花

かく ぎんじては かこちたりとぞ

 三亭春馬 記
    栄中 書

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉正改
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