Courtesans under Cherry Trees in Front of the Daikokuya


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


Vertical ôban triptych; 38.6 x 77 cm (15 3/16 x 30 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.14548 (left), 11.14549 (center), 11.14550 (right)

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

The courtesans and their attendants, from the right:
Nabiki of the Wakamatsuya, kamuro Takeji and Kikuji, with Naniwae, Hanasumi, Nanasato, and Nanahime
Yoshino of the Wakamatsuya, kamuro Momiji and Shigeno, with Makishino, Yoshitaka, Yoshisato, and Yoshitomi
Kasugano of the Ôgiya, kamuro Wakana and Kochô, with Harusono, Harukinu, Harukaze, and Harukusa
「若松屋内 名曳 竹治 菊治 名にわゑ 花すみ なな里 名名姫」
「若松屋内 吉野 もみぢ しけの 巻しの よし高 よし里 よし富」
 「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」


Utamaro ga (on each sheet)


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)

[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