Portrait of Ichiyôsai Toyokuni [Kunisada I], Age 78 (Nanajûhachi-ô Ichiyôsai Toyokuni shôzô), title page of the series Popular Matches for Thirty-six Selected Flowers (Tôsei mitate sanjûroku kasen)

「当盛見立三十六花撰(とうせいみたてさんじふろくくわせん) 七十八翁一陽斎豊国肖像」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 4th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Newland, Time Present and Time Past (1999), p. 13, fig. 3; Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #99

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.3 x 24.1 cm (13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.26606

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The series: 36 sheets (11.42370-11.42405) plus title page (11.26606).

Signed

Ichiôsai Kunichika shinsha, in toshidama cartouche
一鶯斎国周真写(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi
改印:亥四改
彫師:彫太田多七

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