The signature is spelled out phonetically and written sideways in imitation of European writing.
Motome ni yorite Kunisada egaku
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, 1820s–30s
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô), Japanese
Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), #37; others in the series: Ukiyo-e taikei 10 (1976), #s 154, 155
Horizontal ôban; 24.4 x 36.5 cm (9 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper