Hamamura of the Naka-Manji, in Kado-machi in Shin Yoshiwara, from the series Contest of Beauties Drawn from Life (Ikiutsushi bijin kurabe)

「生写美人競 新よし原角町 中万字内 浜むら」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 2nd month (?)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Jôshûya Jûzô / Jûbei (Kinjûdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban

Accession Number

11.17354

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Konomi ni ôjite Kunisada hitsu

応好国貞筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 2 (?) aratame (above signature, barely visible)
No blockcutter's mark

改印:酉二改ヵ
彫師: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