That Romantic Figure in the Licensed Quarter at Dawn (Sono yukari kuruwa no akebono)

「其由縁廓の曙」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 5th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Hiranoya Shinzô (Aikindô), Blockcutter Ôta Komakichi (Hori Koma, Hori Tashichi) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G061 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych, creped

Accession Number

11.41861a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 00.1060-2, 00.1963.5a-c (creped and mounted in album), 11.41861a-c (creped)

Signed

Ichibai Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet); Kunichika ga, in toshidama cartouche (on center and left sheets)

一梅国周画(年玉枠) 国周画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 5 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ôta Tashichi

改印:亥五改
彫師:彫太田多七

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