The Palace Scene in the Play Meiboku Sendai Hagi, Reprinted (Saihan Meiboku Sendai hagi goten no zu)

「再板 伽羅先代萩御殿之図」

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 12th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Mikawaya Tetsugorô (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.1 x 75.5 cm (14 5/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44117a-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: 11.44117a-c (complete), *11.45273a-b (two right sheets only, deaccessioned in 2012)

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Ox 12
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji
改印:改、丑十二
彫師:彫庄治

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