Night in the Yoshiwara

夜の吉原

Japanese
Edo period
1819 (Bunsei 2)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)


Catalogue Raisonné

Rijksmuseum, Surimono: Poetry and Image (2000), #63; Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 9, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels (1989), pl. 236

Dimensions

Shikishiban; 21 x 18.4 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.9308

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (surimono); ink, color, and metallic pigment on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Poems translated in Rijksmuseum 2000, pp. 109 and 111.

Inscription

Poem by Chokujuen Junma: Yami no yo ni/ oide nanshi wa/ ume no hana/ iro mo nasake mo/ shiru hito zo shiru
Poem by Danshûrô Kiô Enma: Hatsu hikage/ augu negai wa/ suehiro no/ Nihon-zutsumi mo/ haru no akebono
直樹園順馬
闇の夜に おいてなんしハ 梅の花
色も情も しる人そしる
談洲樓 喜翁 焉馬
初日影 あふくねかひハ 末広の
にほんつゝミも 春の曙

Signed

Kunisada ga (on lantern)
国貞

Provenance

Formerly in the Sumitomo collection; June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Yamanaka & Co.; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection