Shigeoka of the Okamotoya (R), Hitomoto of the Daimonjiya (C), and Hanaôgi of the Ôgiya (L), from the series Contest of Famous Courtesans of the Yoshiwara (Seirô meikun awase)

「青楼名君合 岡本屋内しけおか」  「青楼名君合 大文字屋内ひともと」  「青楼名君合 扇屋内華あふき」

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Kikukawa Eizan (Japanese, 1787–1867), Publisher Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

The series (?): Kondô, ed., Eizan (JUM exh. cat., 1996), list #88 (these designs not listed)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban, right sheet of triptych; 39.2 x 26.1 cm (15 7/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.17757

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Three prints from the same series arranged to form a triptych: 11.17743 (left sheet), 11.17757 (right sheet), 20.86 (center sheet); no VR.

Signed

Kikukawa Eizan hitsu
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