Courtesans of the Same House (Onajiku), i.e. the Matsubaya: Utamachi, Matsunoi, Hanamurasaki, Wakamurasaki, from the book Seirô bijin awase sugata kagami (Mirror of Beautiful Women of the Green Houses), vol. 1, picture 3, sheets 2-3

青楼美人合姿鏡 「おなじく 歌まち 松の井 若むらさき 華むらさき」

Japanese
Edo period
1776 (An'ei 5)
Artist Kitao Shigemasa (Japanese, 1739–1820), Artist Katsukawa Shunshô (Japanese, 1726–1792)


Catalogue Raisonné

Keyes, Ehon (2006), pp. 94-99; Kokusho sômokuroku, rev. ed., vol. 5 (1990), p. 121, col. 1; Toda, Ryerson Library cat. (1931), pp. 180-81

Dimensions

Two ôhon pages; 26.2 x 30.5 cm (10 5/16 x 12 in.)

Accession Number

11.20973

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The book was jointly published by Tsutaya Jûzaburô and Yamazaki Kinbei, and jointly designed by Shigemasa and Shunshô; but it is not clear which artist was responsible for which illustrations.

MFA impressions of the intact book: 2006.1749.1-3, 2006.1814, 2006.1815 (b/w illustrations)
One complete set of 20 illustrations for Vol. 1, cut apart and mounted as two-page spreads: (1) 11.19784; (2) 11.14973; (3) 11.20973; (4) 11.20979; (5) 11.14974; (6) 11.20977; (7) 11.20983; (8) 11.20972; (9) 11.20978; (10) 11.20975; (11) 11.20974; (12) 11.20969; (13) 11.20981; (14) 11.14862; (15) 11.20984; (16) 11.20982; (17) 11.20976; (18) 11.20970; (19) 11.20980; (20) 11.20971
Also, the four floral designs, cut out and mounted as two-page spreads: RES.21.466 (dup. of 11.19784), RES.21.467 (vol. 2, picture 1), RES.21.468 (vol. 2, picture 14), RES.21.469 (dup. of 11.20969)

Signed

(this picture unsigned)
無款

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