The First Month, a Triptych (Shôgatsu, sanmaitsuzuki), from the series Twelve Months by Two Artists, Toyokuni and Toyohiro (Toyokuni Toyohiro ryôga jûnikô)

「豊広豊国両画十二候 正月 三枚続」

Japanese
Edo period
1801 (Kansei 13/Kyôwa 1)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Yamadaya Sanshirô


Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), pl. 199

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.7 x 26 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.13620

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Right sheet of an incomplete triptych.

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

No censor's seal
改印: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