Courtesans Viewing Cherry Blossoms

仲之町の桜

Japanese
Edo period
1785 (Tenmei 5)
Artist Torii Kiyonaga (Japanese, 1752–1815), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hirano 1939, #0797; Ukiyo-e shûka 2 (1985), list #38

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 39.2 x 52.7 cm (15 7/16 x 20 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.7431-2

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 21.7431 (left), 21.7432 (right)

MFA impressions: 11.13959 (C, key block), 11.14007-9 (complete triptych), 11.14010 (L), 11.14011 (C), 11.14012 (R), 21.7431-2 (L and C)
The courtesans are, from the right:
Nioteru of the Ôgiya, kamuro: Namiji and Ômi
Utahime of the Matsubaya, kamuro: Kanomo and Konomo
Senzan of the Chôjiya, kamuro: Yasono and Yasoji
Dateable to 1785 by checking the names of the kamuro in Yoshiwara guidebooks; see Ukiyo-e shûka 5, pp. 200-1.

Signed

Kiyonaga ga
清長画

Provenance

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection