Kajiwara Genta and the Courtesan Umegae (Kajiwara Genta, Keisei Umegae), from the series True Feelings Compared: The Founts of Love (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)

「実競色乃美名家見 梶原源太 傾城梅が枝」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1798–99 (Kansei 10–11)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Graybill et al, The Artist's Touch, the Craftsman's Hand (Portland Art Museum cat., 2011), #60; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #367.6; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 110.2.2; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 298-306 (this design not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.3 x 24.6 cm (14 11/16 x 9 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14303

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14303, 21.6435

The publisher’s seal reads “Chô han” and according to Asano and Clark is most likely a relative of Nishimuraya Yohachi or part of a related firm.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
改印:極

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