MFA impressions: 11.15635, 11.29782, 11.29896 From a series jointly designed by Kunisada and Kuniyoshi, with insets by various pupils of the two main artists.
Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on main image); Toyokuni monjin Kunimasa ga (on inset) 一陽斎豊国画、豊国門人国政画
Censor's seal: Watanabe
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, about 1845 (Kôka 2)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Other artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV), Japanese, 1823–1880
- Publisher Aritaya Seiemon, Japanese
Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list #S36.2
Vertical ôban; 37 x 25.3 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper