The Echigoya on New Year's Day

初春の越後屋

Japanese
Edo period
about 1789 (Tenmei 9/Kansei 1)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0886; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #55, and pls. 54-6

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 38.5 x 51.3 cm (15 3/16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.13884, 11.13991

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.13884 (right), 11.13991 (left)

11.13992 is the right sheet of the triptych but has been matted separately because of condition problems.
MFA impressions: 11.13884VR (11.13884, right sheet, and 11.13991, center sheet), 11.13992 (left sheet); 21.5503-5

Signed

Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet)

清長画

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