Nitta Yoshisada Ason, from the series Mirror of Famous Generals with Their Four Top Retainers (Meishô Shiten kagami)

「名将四天鏡  新田義貞朝臣」

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 8th month
After Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797–1861), Publisher Jôshûya Kinzô (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.7 x 24.4 cm (14 7/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.38076

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Given that the censor’s seal dates it after the artist’s death, this print appears to be either a posthumous edition from a design by Kuniyoshi or an outright forgery by an anonymous pupil.

Signed

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 8 aratame
No bockcutter's mark
改印:亥八改
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