Utsusemi, from the series Fifty-four Chapters in Picture Scrolls (Emakimono gojûyo jô)

「絵巻物五十四帳 空蝉」

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Kagaya Kichiemon (Kichibei) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G401-03; another print in the series: pl. 153

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.18151-3

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.18151 (left), 11.18152 (center), 11.18153 (right)

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:卯正改
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: 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