Poem by Ki no Tomonori: (Actor Suketakaya Takasuke III as) Denbei, from the series Comparisons for Thirty-six Selected Poems (Mitate sanjûrokkasen no uchi)

「見立三十六歌撰之内 紀友則 傳兵衛」 三代目助高屋高助

Japanese
Edo period
1852 (Kaei 5), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.36779.46

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.36779.46, 11.42669

Inscription

Poem: Yû sareba/ sao no kawara no/ kawa-kaze ni/ tomo madowasete/ chidori naku nari

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche

豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censors' seals: Fuku, Muramatsu, Rat 10
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take

改印:福、村松、子十
彫師:彫竹

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