Courtesans Promenading on Naka-no-chô in the Yoshiwara

吉原仲の町花魁道中

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Nagata et al, The New York and New Jersey Ukiyo-e Collection (exh. cat., 1997), #117; Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #II-29

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 37.7 x 74.6 cm (14 13/16 x 29 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.13815-7

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.13815 (center), 11.13816 (left), 11.13817 (right)

MFA impressions: *11.13602 (center sheet only; deaccessioned in 2012), 11.13815-7 (complete)

Signed

Toyokuni ga (on each sheet)
豊国画

Markings

No censor's seal
改印:なし

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