Shirai Gonpachi and Komurasaki of the Miuraya, from the series True Feelings Compared: The Founts of Love (Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami)

「実競色乃美名家見 三浦屋小紫 白井権八」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1798–99 (Kansei 10–11)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #367.4; Shibui, Ukiyo-e zuten Utamaro (1964), 110.1.4; Yoshida, Utamaro zenshû (1941), #364; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #205; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 298-306 (this design not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 26.7 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.14287

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 11.14287, 21.6434

The publisher’s seal reads “Chô han” and according to Asano and Clark is most likely a relative of Nishimuraya Yohachi or part of a related firm.

Signed

Utamaro hitsu
歌麿筆

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