Xuande [Liu Bei] Visits Kongming [Zhuge Liang] Three Times in the Snow (Gentoku mitabi setchû ni Kômei o tazuneru zu), from the series Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Tsûzoku Sangokushi no uchi)

「通俗三国志之内 玄徳三雪中孔明訪図」

Japanese
Edo period
1853 (Kaei 6), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese), Blockcutter Tsuge Shôjirô (Hori Shôji) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #T294

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.3 x 74.6 cm (14 5/16 x 29 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.39550a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.38170a-c, 11.39550a-c, 11.39551a-c

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga (on each sheet)

一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, Ox 4
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Shôji (on center sheet)

改印:衣笠、村田、丑四
彫師:彫庄治

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