The Fashionable Six Jewel Rivers (Furyû Mu Tamagawa)

「風流六玉川」

Japanese
Edo period
about 1804 (Kyôwa 4/Bunka 1)
Artist Kitagawa Utamaro I (Japanese, early 1750s–1806), Publisher Izumiya Ichibei (Kansendô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #266.1-5; Ukiyo-e shûka 13 (1981), p. 176, figs. 143-145 (left half of hexaptych)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban pentaptych; 39 x 127.8 cm (15 3/8 x 50 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.14449, 11.14465, 11.14469, 11.14472-473

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Pentaptych (five sheets of incomplete hexaptych; lacks left sheet), from left to right: 11.14473, 11.14472, 11.14449, 11.14469, 11.14465

MFA impressions:
Sheet 1 (Yamashiro): 11.2256, 11.14465
Sheet 2 (Ômi): 11.14468, 11.14469, 11.24904
Sheet 3 (Settsu): 11.1969, 11.14449, 11.24902
Sheet 4 (Musashi): 11.2033, 11.14472, 11.24913, 21.6508
Sheet 5 (Mutsu): 11.2273, 11.14473, 11.24966
Sheet 6 (Kii): 11.1993, 11.24903
Virtual records: 11.14465VR (11.14465, 11.14469, 11.14449, 11.14472, 11.14473; lacks left sheet), 11.24902VR (11.24902, 11.24903, 11.24904, 11.24913, 11.24966; lacks right sheet)

Signed

Utamaro hitsu (on each sheet)
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