No. 28, Utanosuke, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 歌之助 二十八」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 8th 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

11.42787

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

歌之助

こは ちかむかし 遊女なりしが いまだ
禿立のころより 碁をこのみて 妙を
えたり されば 今 盛りとなりし時 碁ばん
の めに 黒白の石をあらせし もよふ小袖
を用いしまま このそめもよふ 世におこなは
れて いと はやりしとなん また ある人
傾城の碁といふ 題をいだして 句を
もとめければ

 碁 いちもく
   くがいの 暑さ わすれけり

 梅屋栄中 記

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 8 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉八改
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