Narcissus (Suisen) (R), Winter Camellia (Fuyu tsubaki) (C), and Plum Blossoms in Cold (Kanbai) (L), from the series A Collection of Flowers for the Modern Genji (Imayô Genji hana soroi)

「今様源氏花揃 水仙」 「今様源氏花揃 冬椿」 「今様源氏花揃 寒梅」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 10th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Etsuka (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al, Genji's World (2012), list #G372.03 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 73.7 cm (13 15/16 x 29 in.)

Accession Number

11.39092, 11.39093, 11.39688

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.39092 (center), 11.39093 (left), 11.39688 (right)

This sheet adhered to the back of 11.39687a.

Inscription

Poem

Signed

Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 10 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:酉十改
彫師:彫長

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