Interior of a Brothel in the Yoshiwara

吉原遊廓の景

Japanese
Edo period
about 1808–13 (mid Bunka era)
Artist Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849), Publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Lane, Hokusai: Life and Work (1989), pp. 155 and 170; Ukiyo-e shûka 16 (1981), p. 230, vertical ôban #16; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 8 (1981), #166

Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 37.6 x 127 cm (14 13/16 x 50 in.)

Accession Number

21.7607-11

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych, from left: 21.7607, 21.7608, 21.7609, 21.7610, 21.7611

MFA impressions: 11.17688VR (11.17688-9, 11.17695-7), 21.7607-11

Sometimes identified as “New Year’s Day at the Ôgi-ya,” but neither the date nor the name of the brothel is definitely known.

Signed

Katsushika Hokusai ga (on right sheet only)
葛飾北斎画

Markings

Censor's seals: kiwame, Moriya Jihei (on left sheet only)
改印:極、森治

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection