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No. 16, Tsutanosuke, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

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つたの助の話 みめうるはしく あひけうは つゆ たるほど にて ありけけば うちみは うきたるやう なれど そが こころざま いとたゞしく ぎりに つうじて 情ふかく てれんてくだに まら うど たれかれと いふこと いささかなく その さが ゆめ たはれめ には にげなきまでに いとすぐなり  ある暁 まらうどに わかるるとき きぬぎぬの 雨は   なみだか ほととぎす  三亭春馬 記     栄中 書


Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche 応需豊国画(年玉枠)


Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame No blockcutter's mark


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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month

Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum,


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Medium or Technique

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