The Seventh Month (Fumizuki), from the series Fashionable Twelve Months of Precious Children (Fûryû kodakara jûni tsuki)

「風流子宝十二月 文月」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1806–08 (Bunka 3–5)
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), list #169.4 (no photo); Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), fig. 32

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 22.3 cm (14 1/8 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.14336

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Formerly attributed to Utamaro, but other designs in the series are signed by Eizan. MFA prints in the series: 11.14336, 11.17768, 11.17769, 11.17770, 11.17775

Signed

(signature cut off of this impression, probably deliberately, in order to attribute the print falsely to Utamaro)

Markings

No censor's seal

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