Women Viewing Cherry Blossoms

花見美人

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ezakiya Tatsuzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban, two sheets from triptych; overall: 36 x 48.6 cm (14 3/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.45277a-b

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

NOT a diptych; right and left sheets of incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.40100a-c (complete triptych, no censor’s seal), 11.45277a-b (right and left sheets only, different coloring, with censor’s seal)

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on each sheet)
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Take (in color block)
No blockcutter's mark
改印:竹
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: 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