Sparrows

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Maruya Seijirô (Marusei, Jukakudô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Uchiwa-e on horizontal aiban sheet; 27 x 32.2 cm (10 5/8 x 12 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.41546

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (key block); ink on paper, with slight hand-applied color

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome, Ox 1 (in fan shape)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込、丑正
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: 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