No. 8, Nagao, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 なが尾の話 第八」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 1st 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; Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Edo engei hana zukushi (2009), #106

Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.42805

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42805, 11.45298, 1145299

Inscription

なが尾の話

いかに やさしく かりそめにも ぶる と
いふこと さらさらなく きやくに まことのふかか
りしが ある夜 いちざの まらうどが
ものいさかひを なしたるにぞ みな
たちさはぐ そがなかに いささか おぢ
たるけしきもなく

 すれすれの 木賊の
    なかや つゆの月

かくよみたれば ひとびとは
はぢて なりおば しづめしとぞ

 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 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉正改
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