Nos. [18?] (above) and [19?] (below), from the series A Primer for Children in Comical Pictures (Jitsugokyô kyôga dôgaku)

「実語教 狂画童学」

Japanese
Edo period
1842 (Tenpô 13)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Aritaya Seiemon (Japanese)


Dimensions

Two horizontal chûban on uncut vertical ôban sheet; 35.5 x 24 cm (14 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.36673

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

雖出貧賤門 為有智人者 貧賤の門(かど)を出づると雖も 智有る人の為にハ

宛如泥中蓮 あたかも泥中の蓮(はちす)の如し

父母如天地 師君如日月 父母ハ天地の如く 師君ハ日月の如し

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each design)
一勇斎国芳画

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