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Cat Delivering a Love Letter in Cherry-blossom Season

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Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right sheet), Nidai Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on center sheet), Baichôrô Kunisada hitsu (on left sheet) 国貞画(年玉枠) 二代国貞画(年玉枠) 梅蝶楼国貞筆

Marks

Censors' seals No blockcutter's mark

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

Japanese, Edo period, 1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nyan to mo neko darake/ Cats of Many Varieties (2012), #14; Marks et al, Genji's World (2012), list G347 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.38999a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints