Flowers of Edo, the Master of Kyôbashi (Edo no hana Kyôbashi natori): Portrait of Santô Kyôden (Kitao Masanobu)
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Rekisentei Eiri (Japanese, active about 1781–1818)
Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #III-7; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eiri list, #4.2; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #55; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 471, list no. B2; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2322
Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.7 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One of a set of two special prints possibly inspired by Sharaku’s bust portraits of actors; the other print, not in the MFA, shows the famous chanter Tomimoto Buzendayû.
This impression lacks the title and signature that appear in the upper right corner of some other known impressions. It is uncertain whether they rubbed off accidentally, together with the top layer of mica on the background, or whether this impression is from an edition never had them in the first place.
(this impression unsigned; Eiri ga on others)
June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection