Possibly made as an advertisement for the cosmetic product Senjokô.
Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) 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, about 1828 (Bunsei 11)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
Vertical ôban; 36 x 25.3 cm (14 3/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper