No. 2, Yosooi, from the series An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans (Meigi sanjûroku kasen)

「名妓三十六佳撰 よそほひの話 第二」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 4th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Tsutaya Kichizô (Kôeidô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

C's Ukiyo-e Museum, http://homepage2.nifty.com/ukiyo-e/index.html

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 34.5 x 24 cm (13 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.45307

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.42783, 11.45307

Inscription

よそほひの話

こは ちかむかし なおしられける 太夫
なるが そのころ 名人の名を広めけん 光
なにがし この太夫を けさうせし おもひに
たえかねて ある時 ざしきばなれ にても
よきまま 逢いくれよと たのみければ やすき
ことなりとて あひけるが かえって はじ あたえ
けるとなん げに 太夫の ゐきじ で あり
たきものと ひと ほめたりとぞ

  こころにも
    にしき きせばや まつの内

 三亭春馬 誌
    栄中 書

Signed

Ôju Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
応需豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 4 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:酉四改
彫師:なし

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: January 19, 2005)

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