Peony: Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya at Edo-machi Itchôme, kamuro Yoshino and Tatsuta, from an untitled series of courtesans compared to flowers

太夫花見立 芍薬 「江戸町一丁目 扇屋内 花扇 よしの たつた」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1802 (Kyôwa 2)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #180.2; Ukiyo-e shûka 10 (1979), pl. 131; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 78.3.2

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.5 x 26.3 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.14315

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14315, 21.6462

The MFA impressions have no publisher’s mark. The Honolulu impression has the mark of publisher Maruya Jinpachi and some differences in the color blocks along the lower edge.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

Markings

No censor's seal
改印: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: 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