Apprentice Courtesan (Shinzô) (right), Female Peddler (Onna akindo) (left), from the book Comparisons of the Customs of Women (Onna fûzoku shinasadame)

「女風俗品さだめ 新造」 「女風俗品さだめ 女賣人」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

http://togetter.com/li/905917; Collier-Suzuki, Complete Prints of Utamaro (2009), #s 115.17 and 115.16

Dimensions

Two vertical yotsugiri (quarter ôban) designs on uncut horizontal chûban sheet; 20.4 x 28.1 cm (8 1/16 x 11 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.21692

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Joint image: 50.21 (top), 11.21692 (bottom).

Inscription

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 新造
番頭新造といへるハこの上に立ちて花魁の諸事をさばく役なり。この(絵)姿は振袖新造にて振新などゝいへり

歌麿画 女風俗品さだめ 女賣人
上方にてハ古来より女賣人(おんなあきんど)多くあれども江戸ハ近世もつぱら流行することなり。

Signed

Utamaro ga (on each design)
歌麿画

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: August 3, 1911)

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