The Akashi Bathhouse (Akashi-buro)

「あかし風呂」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G160, pl. 158

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, two-tier hexaptych; 72.5 x 74.5 cm (28 9/16 x 29 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.26976-81

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Hexaptych: 11.26976 (bottom right), 11.26977 (bottom center), 11.26978 (bottom left), 11.26979 (top left), 11.26980 (top center), 11.26981 (top right)

MFA impressions: 11.26976-81 (complete), 11.42202a-f (complete), 11.45274a-c (upper half only)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet of upper half); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (lower right); Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (lower center); Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (lower left)
豊国画(年玉枠) 香蝶楼豊国画(年玉枠) 一陽斎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals (top half): Fuku, Muramatsu
Censors' seals (bottom half): Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印(上):福、村松
改印(下):米良、村田
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