Courtesans of the Tamaya: Kaomachi, kamuro Matsuno and Komatsu (R); Kaozuma, kamuro Iroka and Nioi (C); Hanamachi, kamuro Kakitsu and Kaide (L)

「新吉原江戸町壱丁目玉弥内 顔町 松の 小松」 「玉弥内 顔妻 いろか にほひ」 「玉弥内 花町 かきつ かいで」

Japanese
Edo period
1830s
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ômiya Heihachi (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 74.8 cm (14 5/8 x 29 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.40104a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kôchôrô Kunisada ga (on right and left sheets), Kunisada ga (on center sheet)

香蝶楼国貞画 国貞画

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: 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