The Hell Courtesan (Yûjo Jigoku), from the series Biographies of Famous Women, Ancient and Modern (Kokin meifu den)

「古今名婦伝 遊女地獄」

Japanese
Edo period
1861 (Man'en 2/Bunkyû 1), 2nd month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Meech, "Kuniyoshi and the Hell Courtesan," in Seduction (2015), fig. 46

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 37.5 x 25.8 cm (14 3/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

00.777

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche
豊国画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seal: Chicken 2 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:酉二改
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock