Puppeteer Yoshida Bungo II Performs at the Satsuma Theater (Satsuma-za Yoshida Bungo aitsutome môshi sôrô)

「薩摩坐 吉田文吾相勤申し候」

Japanese
Edo period
1762–70 (Hôreki 12–Meiwa 5)
Artist Utagawa Toyoharu (Japanese, 1735–1814)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Harunobu and His Age (1964), #116

Dimensions

Hosoban; 28.9 x 14.7 cm (11 3/8 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.19262

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Yoshida Bungo II performed in Edo from 1762 to 1770; Waterhouse suggests that this print is probably from around the time of his first arrival in 1762.

Signed

Utagawa Toyoharu ga
歌川豊春画

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: 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