Three Big Girls
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)
Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #249; Ono, Misemono fûzoku zushi (1977), p. 1
Vertical ôban diptych; 36.7 x 51 cm (14 7/16 x 20 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Three sisters, ages 8, 12 and 16, originally from Kumamoto in Higo Province.
Baichôrô Kunisada ga (on right sheet), Ichijusai Kunisada ga (on left sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Dragon 4
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Take
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection