Amusements of the Big Spenders: Flowers of the Night, a Collection of Beauties (Daijin asobi, Yoru no hana bijin-zoro[e]): Courtesans of the Naka-Manjiya: Renzan (R), Akashi (C), and Shizunoo (L)

「大尽遊 晩花美人揃(よるのはなひじんそろ)」 「中万字屋内 明石」  「中万字屋内 連山」  「中万字屋内 賎乃尾」

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Not found in Marks et al., Genji's World (2012)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 × 75.8 cm (14 3/16 × 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.38732a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

In the background, on the boat Genji-maru, is Mitsuuji, the hero of Inaka Genji, sporting his distinctive shrimp-tail hairstyle.

Signed

Ôju Kunisada hitsu (on right sheet), Kunisada hitsu (on left and center sheets)
応需国貞筆 国貞筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Snake 7 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:巳七改
彫師:なし

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