No. 25, Imamurasaki, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 今むらさき 二十五」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 12th 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

Accession Number

11.42785

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

今むらさきの話

全盛ならびく みやびのこころ ふかく
つねに いけ花に こゝろをよせ 四季の
花木を 日ごとにさしかへ そのな
がめ せうちうにありと ひとり 風
雅をかまへ そのざしきの はしら
かくしに みづからしたためし 句に

 いろいろの 花むつま
   じき 世なりけり

菱亭 栄中 記

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 12 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉十二改
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