Portrait of Genji Enjoying the Evening Cool (Genji sugata suzumi no zu)

「源氏姿涼の図」

Japanese
Edo period
1865 (Genji 2/Keiô 1), 5th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Kiya Sôjirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Minokichi (Hori Mino) (Japanese, 1833–1906)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G390 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych, creped; 21.8 x 46.9 cm (8 9/16 x 18 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38839a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1963.7a-c (creped, mounted in album), 11.38839a-c (creped)

Signed

Kunisada hitsu (on right sheet), Baichôrô Kunisada hitsu (on center and left sheets)

国貞筆 梅蝶楼国貞筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Ox 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Mino

改印:丑五改
彫師:彫巳の

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