Chinese Beauties at a Banquet

唐美人宴遊の図

Japanese
Edo period
about 1788–90 (Tenmei 8–Kansei 2)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #042; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #14.1.2, 14.2-3; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 8.2.1-2; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #53

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 38.1 x 75.2 cm (15 x 29 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.7718-20

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 21.7718 (left), 21.7719 (center), 21.7720 (right)

In first state, the scroll held by the beauty in the right sheet showed an erotic picture; in this, the second state, it has been romoved.

MFA impressions: 11.14512-4, 21.7718-20

Signed

Utamaro ga (in seal script, on each sheet)
歌麿画

Provenance

February 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from J. Clarence Webster; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection