Popular Ôtsu-e Paintings for the Times: A Long-Awaited Rarity (Toki ni Ôtsu-e kitai no maremono)

「流行逢都絵希代稀物(ときにあふつゑこたいのまれもの)」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1848 (Kôka 5/Kaei 1)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Minatoya Kohei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôtaya Takichi (Hori Takichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

MFA, Kuniyoshi & Kunisada (2016), #93; Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #4; Iwakiri 2011, #372; Suzuki 1992, #442; Inagaki and Isao, Kuniyoshi no kyôga (1991), #81

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.1 x 77 cm (15 x 30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21352, 11.21353, 11.21373

Medium or Technique

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

On View

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184)

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.21352 (left), 11.21353 (center), 11.21373 (right)

Signed

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

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Takichi (on left sheet only)
改印:米良、村田
彫師:彫多吉

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