No. 25, Hotaru: Actor Ôtani Tokuji I, from the series Fifty-four Chapters of Edo Purple (Edo murasaki gojûyo-jô)

「江戸紫五十四帖 第廿五 蛍」初代大谷徳次

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (Kunitsuna II) (Japanese, 1830–1874), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.3 cm (13 7/8 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.42239

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Kunitsuna ga (background)

豊国画(年玉枠)、国綱画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:衣笠、村田、子十二
彫師:彫竹

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