Left Sheet of a Triptych of Young Men (Wakashû sanpukutsui hidari)

「若衆三幅対 左」

Japanese
Edo period
1750s
Artist Ishikawa Toyonobu (Japanese, 1711–1785), Publisher Emiya (Uemura) Kichiemon (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e taisei 3 (1931), #40

Dimensions

Hosoban; 31.6 x 14.7 cm (12 7/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6261

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

In early hosoban triptychs, “left” and “right” often (but not always) mean “proper left” and “proper right,” that is, right and left respectively as seen by the viewer. In this case, “left” is most likely “viewer’s left.”

Signed

Ishikawa Toyonobu hitsu
石川豊信筆

Provenance

November 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from S. Mori; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection