Courtesans of the Sugata-Ebiya: Sugatano (R), Aimachi (C), and Nanasato (L), from an untitled series of courtesans parading under cherry blossoms

花下傾城道中 「姿海老屋内姿野」 「姿海老屋内逢待」 「姿海老屋内七里」

Japanese
Edo period
1830s
Artist Teisai Senchô (Japanese, active about 1830–1850), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Other prints in the series: Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 4, Victoria and Albert Museum I (1989), figs. 122-3

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 75.8 cm (14 5/8 x 29 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37463-5

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.37463 (right), 11.37464 (center), 11.37465 (left)

MFA impressions: 11.37463-5 (complete triptych), 11.37470 (center sheet only)

Signed

Seichôtei (Teisai) Senchô ga
貞斎泉晁画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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