Standing Beauty, from the series Three Young People (Waka no sannin)

「若之三人」

Japanese
Edo period
1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Kawaguchiya Uhei (Fukusendô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.9 × 25.2 cm (14 1/2 × 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40083

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly the left sheet of an incomplete trioptych, with 11.40082 as the right sheet.

Inscription

Poem: Haru no no ni/ sumire tsumi nito/ koshi ware zo/ no o natsukashimi/ hitoya nenikeri
「春の野にすみれつみにとこし我そのをなつかしみひと夜ねにけり」

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga
香蝶楼国貞画

Markings

Censor's seal: Tanaka Heishirô
No blockcutter's mark
改印:田中
版元: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