Three Big Girls

大女三姉妹 (おおおんなさんしまい)

Japanese
Edo period
1856 (Ansei 3), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Iseya Kanekichi (Japanese), Blockcutter Yokokawa Takejirô (Hori Take)


Catalogue Raisonné

Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #249; Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 1

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 36.7 x 51 cm (14 7/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38952a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Three sisters, ages 8, 12 and 16, originally from Kumamoto in Higo Province.

Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Ichijusai Kunisada ga (on left sheet)
梅蝶楼国貞画 一寿斎国貞画

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 4
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
改印:改、辰四
彫師:彫竹

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