The Garden in Spring (Haru no niwa)

「はるの庭」

Japanese
Edo period
1847–50 (Kôka 4–Kaei 3)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Nomuraya Tokubei (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G143 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 76.2 cm (14 5/16 x 30 in.)

Accession Number

11.43548a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 17.3216.8-10, 11.43548a-c

Signed

Kunisada aratame Toyokuni ga (right sheet), Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (center sheet), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (left sheet)
国貞改豊国画 香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Mera, Murata
No blockcutter's mark
改印: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: 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