The Servant's Habit of Competing for Favor (Hiiki o arasou wa hôkônin no kuse), from the series Forty-eight Mannerisms in the Floating World (Ukiyo yonjûhachi kuse)

「浮気四十八癖 贔屓をあらそふは奉公人の癖」

Japanese
Edo period
1820s
Artist Keisai Eisen (Japanese, 1790–1848), Publisher Ôtaya Sakichi (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Another print in the series: Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen (2012), #35

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

11.25607

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Keisai Eisen ga
渓斎英泉画

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