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」
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)
Vertical ôban; 38.8 x 26.7 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Censor's seal: kiwame
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)
 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.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection