Snow in the Garden (Teichû no yuki), from the series Gappitsu Genji (Genji by Collaborating Brushes)

「合筆源氏 庭中之雪」

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 11th month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869), Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G510, pl. 237; Mueller et al., Competition and Collaboration (2007), #164; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 3, British Museum III (1987), pl. 26

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.4 x 74.8 cm (14 5/16 x 29 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15223, 11.17154, 11.17155

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15223 (right), 11.17154 (left), 11.17155 (center)

MFA impressions: 11.15223VR (11.15223, 11.17154, 11.17155); 11.45406 (right sheet only, creped)

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (right sheet); Hiroshige ga (center and left sheets); Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (left sheet)
応需豊国画(年玉枠) 広重画 豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 11 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:未十一改
彫師:なし

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