A Modern Version of the Story of Ushiwakamaru Serenading Jôruri-hime

見立て浄瑠璃姫

Japanese
Edo period
about 1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0707 (#707A, first edition, pl. LXX; #707B, second edition, pl. LXXVII); Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #30.1-3; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pls. 210-2 (Grabhorn collection, first state of first edition)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.4 x 72.9 cm (15 1/2 x 28 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.7503-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 21.7503 (left), 21.7504 (center), 21.7505 (right)
The right sheet only is from the third state of the first edition, with the heads replaced by means of newly-cut inlays in the key block and the interior scene at the center right edge slightly altered.
MFA impressions, all first edition, various states:
Right sheet: 11.13885 (second state), 11.13975 (key block, second state), 11.25128 (first state), 21.7505 (third state)
Center sheet: 11.13976 (key block, second state), 11.25130 (first state), 21.7504 (first state), 34.359 (first state)
Left sheet: 11.25129 (second state), 21.7503 (first state), 34.358 (first state)

Signed

Kiyonaga ga (on each sheet)
清長画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection