Tea Ceremony, from the series Beauties Engaged in Various Arts (Shogei bijin zoroe)

「諸芸美人そろえ」 茶の湯

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Aito (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 × 25 cm (14 5/16 × 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39106

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga
梅蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:子正改
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: 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