Kisegawa of the Matsubaya (Matsubaya Kisegawa, in rebus form), from the series Comparing the Charms of Five Beauties (Gonin bijin aikyô kurabe)

「五人美人愛敬競」 松葉屋喜瀬川

Japanese
Edo period
about 1795–96 (Kansei 7–8)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Ômiya Gonkurô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Asano and Clark 1995, #232; Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #296.3.1, and pl. 60; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 57.1.3; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #73

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 25.2 cm (15 3/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6451

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From the first version of the series, with the women’s names in rebus form.

Signed

Shômei Utamaro hitsu

Markings

No censor's seal
Artist's seal: Honke (True line)
Collector's seal: Tadamasa
改印:なし

Provenance

Purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from W. L. Keane collection (#271); December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection