No. 29, Hashidate, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 はしだての話 二十九」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th 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; 34.6 x 24 cm (13 5/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45308

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42807, 11.45308

Inscription

橋だての話

こゝろざま をゝしく ひとに まけまじ
との をのこたましゐある 太夫にて ゐきじ
は いにしへの たかを うすぐも にも をさをさ
おとらず ちゃ屋 ふなやど いふにおよ
ばず したじたまで ゆきわたりよければ
たれありて ほめざるはなし げに 近代
まれの 名妓なりとぞ

 春の夜や 大名衆も しらぬ夢

 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 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:酉四改
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