No. 3, Utsusemi: Actor Segawa Kikunojô III, from the series Fifty-four Chapters of Edo Purple (Edo murasaki gojûyo-jô)

「江戸紫五十四帖 第三 うつせみ」三代目瀬川菊之丞

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 8th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Other artist Utagawa Sadakage II (Japanese, active about 1848–1875), Publisher Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.2 x 25.9 cm (14 5/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21856

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.894, 11.21856

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (main image); Monjin Gokotei Sadakage ga (background)

豊国画(年玉枠)、門人五湖貞景画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Rat 8
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、村田、子八
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: August 3, 1911)

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