Komurasaki of the Tamaya (R), Matsumura of the Matsubaya (C), and Hashidate of the Ôgiya (L), from the series Fashionable Comparisons of the Famous Flowers of the Pleasure Quarters (Fûryû seirô meika awase)

「風流青楼名花合 玉屋内 濃紫」  「風流青楼名花合 松葉屋内 松むら」  「風流青楼名花合 扇屋内 はし立」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1814–17 (Bunka 11–14)
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867)


Catalogue Raisonné

Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), list #202.2 and cat. no. 448 (C only)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 39.1 x 78.9 cm (15 3/8 x 31 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.17698, 11.17701, 20.87

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 11.17698 (center), 11.17701 (left), 20.87 (right)

Signed

Kikukawa Eizan hitsu (on each sheet)
菊川英山筆

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