Triptych: 11.26721 (right), 11.26722 (center), 11.26723 (left) Play: Kawaranu Hana Genji no Kaomise Theater: Ichimura The play was a kaomise performance in the 11th month of 1827; the triptych may have been made for New Year of 1828. Poems translated in Izzard 1993, pp. 114-5.
(right) Poem by Tsukushite Aritake: Nobori koi/ hirefuru taki no/ atsugôri/ haru no hiashi ni/ kudaku aragoto (center) Poem by Ryûôtei Hananari: Sotto seshi/ yuki no furisode/ nugi sutete/ warau mo ada na/ hana no Yamatoya (left) Poem by Ôguan Sobito: Washi no o no/ Yamatoya gei no/ na ni takaki/ ueminu hana no/ Ô-Edo no haru
Gototei Kunisada ga (on each sheet) 五渡亭国貞画
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES:  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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, 1827–28 (Bunsei 10–11)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #49; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. III (1963), #2700 (left sheet) and #2701 (right sheet)
Shikishiban triptych; 20.8 x 54.5 cm (8 3/16 x 21 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper