The First Month (Mutsuki), from the series Annual Events for Young Murasaki (Wakamurasaki nenjû gyôji no uchi)

「若紫年中行事之内 睦月」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G316-01, pl. 43

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.3 x 76.1 cm (14 11/16 x 29 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.15229, 11.15756, 11.15757

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.15229 (left), 11.15756 (center), 11.15757 (right)

MFA impressions: 00.970-2 (different edition?), 11.15229VR (11.15229, 11.15756, 11.15757), 11.29885VR (11.29885, 11.45213a-b), 11.45192a-c, 11.45200a-c

Signed

Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Kunisada aratame Toyokuni ga (on center sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)

一陽斎豊国画 国貞舎豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Watanabe
No blockcutter's mark

改印:衣笠、渡辺
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