Courtesans under Cherry Trees in Front of the Daikokuya

大黒屋店先に桜と遊女

Japanese
Edo period
about 1789–90 (Kansei 1–2)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Tsutaya Jûzaburô (Kôshodô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #12.1-3, and pls. 96-8

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 25.9 cm (15 1/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14408

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left sheet of an incomplete triptych.

MFA impressions: 11.14408 (left sheet only), 11.14548-50, 21.7668-70

On this sheet, the names of the courtesan and her attendants are:
Kasugano of the Ôgiya, kamuro Wakana and Kochô, with Harusono, Harukinu, Harukaze, and Harukusa
 「扇屋内 春日野 わかな こてう はるその はるきぬ はるかせ はるくさ」

Signed

Utamaro ga
歌麿画

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