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; Ukiyo-e taisei 7 (1931), #205; the series: Asano and Clark 1995, #s 298-306 (this design not illustrated)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.8 x 25.8 cm (14 7/8 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.6434

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

Spring 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection