Beauties Enjoying Themselves in the Garden (Bijin niwa asobi)

美人庭遊び

Japanese
Edo period
1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)
Artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G452 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.6 x 25.6 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.1084

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Two sheets of an incomplete triptych: 00.1084 (R), 00.1086 (L)

Title on 00.1806. The design is a continuation, to the right, of the triptych A Chinese-style Boating Party (Junkan funa-asobi), MFA 11.21389-91 and 11.36650a-c. Marks gives the publisher of this triptych as Sumiyoshiya Masagorô, the same as the “Boating Party” triptych, but the mark on the two MFA sheets is definitely Wakasaya; so either the complete hexaptych was originally co-produced by two publishers, or this is a second edition from somewhat worn blocks.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censors' seals: Hama, Magome
No blockcutter's mark
改印:浜、馬込
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock