Standing Beauty, from the series Three Young People (Waka no sannin)

「若之三人」

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.7 × 24.9 cm (14 7/16 × 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40082

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly the right sheet of an incomplete trioptych, with 11.40083 as the left sheet.

Inscription

Poem: Ume no hana/ sore to mo miezu/ hisakata no/ amakiru yuki no/ nabete furikui
「梅の花それとも見へす久かたのあまきる雪のなへてふれくひ」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Tanaka Heishirô
No blockcutter's mark
改印:田中
版元: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