The background, by Kunimasa III (later Kunisada II) may be the earliest known work by this artist.
Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and center sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet); Monjin Kunimasa ga (in background of left sheet) 香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画、門人国政画
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, 1843–47 (Tenpô 14–Kôka 4)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Other artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV), Japanese, 1823–1880
- Publisher Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô), Japanese
Vertical ôban triptych; 36.1 x 75.8 cm (14 3/16 x 29 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper